Published on : Monday, November 28, 2016
The French Quarters is well known among the travellers for the live music performances, bars and bright lights. During the weekend it was packed with festive travellers, who were there to celebrate Thanksgiving. The authorities also informed that the region was flooded with football fans due to the football games in the city.
The Mayor Mitch Landrieu informed that the police had to increase patrols in that area and several officers wearing uniforms and plain clothes were placed at the region to avoid any other mishap. The authorities also kept ambulance crews on standby during the Thanksgiving weekend.
According to the Police Superintendent Michael Harrison, the shooting occurred at the intersection of Bourbon Street and Iberville Street around 1:30 am local time on Sunday, 27th November. He also informed that the victims were not intended targets of the shooters. Harrison also informed that the investigating team was searching for the two suspects on 27th November but they believed that both the men fled out of the town.
Landrieu added that they will find the shooters and they will go to the ends of the earth to make sure that they bring the victims to justice.
According to the local authorities, two of the victims were female and eight were male. All of the victims were taken to the nearby hospital but the 25-year-old Demontris Toliver died at the hospital. Four of the victims had to remain hospitalised due to their injuries.
According to the sources numerous police were patrolling the locality due to the Bayou Classic football game, which took place on 26th November, Saturday and right after hearing the shots, some of the officers rushed towards the intersection.
Witnesses informed that the shootout created a wave of panic as people were pushing each other and running towards the nearby hotels and other buildings and some were even hiding behind trees.