As police did in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, police in New Orleans are reaching out to the public in hopes of receiving tips and information a day after one or more shooters opened fire at a local Mother’s Day Parade, wounding 19 people including 2 children, 10.
Today NOPD released security camera footage of a suspect seen opening fire at the Mother’s day parade on May 12, 2013, at the corner of Frenchmen and North Villere streets in the Seventh Ward just before 2 p.m. Of the second-line parade attendees present, 19 were wounded in the shooting, most receiving non-life-threatening injuries, three people, however, were hospitalized and placed in critical condition. In all 10 men, seven women and two children, a boy and girl, both 10, were injured. Most have been treated and released. The names of the three victims remaining in critical condition have not been released.
Local performing groups and organizers are concerned that this could be a trend aimed at second-line events that occur weekly around the city.
The NOPD is searching for three suspects that were seen fleeing the scene. This video shows one suspect watching the festivities, and then opening fire. He is described as a black man between 18 and 22-years-old. He was wearing a white t-shirt with blue jean shorts.
Anyone with any information about this shooting is strongly urged to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Crimestoppers is offering a possible $10,000 reward for information on this case. Those hesitant about contacting police can call the local office of the NAACP, according to Donatus King, local president of the NAACP. Tips may be left anonymously.