Tuesday, November 1, 2011

15 shot, 2 dead in New Orleans Halloween shootings

Revelry turned into horror during New Orleans Halloween celebrations when gunfire erupted at four scenes leaving 15 people shot, two of whom died.

The first incident occurred just after midnight in the 400 block of Bourbon Street near the iconic Chris Owens nightclub when police believe two men began firing at one another, striking a total of eight people during the exchange.

As horrified people began running for cover, others in the massive crowd, oblivious to what was going on, surged to try to continue their party.

"We were all upstairs having a good time," said Rob Ratcher of North Carolina. "It sounded like firecrackers."

Police spokesman Officer Garry Flot said one of of those shot on Bourbon was killed. That victim, a 25-year-old man, died at a local hospital. Another one of the victims was shot in the hip and the others suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Reporter Katie Moore on the scene at the time said police had the entire block shut down for several hours after the shooting. Officers were not allowing foot traffic up Bourbon or on side streets.

Shortly before 2 a.m., police were also responding to another shooting near Canal and Burgundy streets where two men and two women were shot - one person in that group was killed as well. more