NEW ORLEANS, La – A shooting in a New Orleans Park left 16 people injured, police said.
Hundreds of people were gathered for a block party and a music video at the Bunny Friend Playground when a disagreement between two groups sparked a shooting spree.
Circumstances surrounding the shooting in the city’s Upper Ninth Ward were not immediately clear, but witnesses said that those involved in the gun battle had fled the park on foot immediately after the shooting.
New Orleans Police Department spokesman Tyler Gamble told Reuters no fatalities were reported and that it was “too soon to say” whether the shootings were gang related.
According to police, 10 gunshot victims were taken to area hospitals by ambulance, and six more arrived at emergency rooms “via private conveyance”.
Mr Gamble said each of the 16 victims suffered either a “direct gunshot wound” or a “graze wound” and all were listed in stable condition, though the full extent of their injuries was still to be ascertained.
Police said they did not have the age or gender of the victims.
The incident unfolded at about 6.15pm near the Bunny Friend playground, following a community “second line” parade that ended a few blocks away earlier in the day.
Police were on their way to break up the block party, as it did not have a permit, when they were alerted to the sounds of gunfire.
The Times-Picayune newspaper reports that multiple witnesses saw a man with a silver machine gun fleeing the scene but noted that the shooting continued as the man ran away.
WVUE-TV said police believed the shooting stemmed from a fight.
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