Terrifying moment as crowds take cover as gunshots ring out on Bourbon Street in New Orleans – at least five injured
- Shots were fired at 3am in the heart of the Latin Quarter on Sunday
- Five people were injured, their condition unknown, and one arrested
- New Orleans sees an increase in gun violence, like many cities in the US
- Per capita, only St. Louis and Baton Rouge have seen more deadly shootings
- From June 2020 to May 2021, there were 49.88 fatal shootings per 100,000 people – compared to 32.84 in the same period a year earlier
Five people were injured in the early hours of Sunday after a gunfight broke out along New Orleans’ famous Bourbon Street, leaving crowds of revelers running in panic.
Imagery showed the crowd dispersing and running as fast as they could to flee the scene.
The shooting occurred near Bourbon and Orleans Streets, about two blocks from Jackson Square, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) reported around 3 a.m.
Police were on the scene within minutes, and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and NOPD Inspector Shaun Ferguson were both on the scene.
On Sunday, the NOPD said one person was in custody and the investigation is ongoing.
The condition of those shots was unclear.
Crowds of revelers are seen running for their lives in the early hours of Sunday as gunshots rang out along Bourbon Street, in the heart of New Orleans’ tourist area.
Police quickly arrived and cordoned off the area. The New Orleans Chief of Police and the Mayor were also on the scene
Shootings are skyrocketing in New Orleans: Per capita, only Detroit, Rochester, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee saw sharper increases in nonfatal incidents.
Deadly shootings are also on the rise in the city of Louisiana.
From June 2020 to May 2021, there were 49.88 fatal shootings per 100,000 people – compared to 32.84 in the same period a year earlier.
Only Baton Rouge, at 57 per 100,000, and St. Louis, at 94 per 100,000, were worse.
From June 2020 to May 2021, there have been 194 fatal shootings in New Orleans AmericanViolence.org – an increase of 66 compared to the same period the year before.
Chicago has by far the deadliest shootings, with 730 recorded in the time frame. Philadelphia has had 470 and New York City 340.
Chicago also leads with nonfatal shootings, clocking in at 3,576. Philadelphia had 2,030 and New York City 1,531.
Bourbon Street in New Orleans, pictured in July 2020, is one of the most popular food and beverage outlets in the city
The Latin Quarter is packed with people all year round, but especially during Mardi Gras (above)
Richard Rosenfeld, a criminologist at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, found that the homicide rate per capita increased by 30 percent by 2020 in 34 major cities.
Homicides in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago accounted for 40 percent of the additional 1,268 people killed in 2020, compared to the previous year, in the cities Rosenfeld studied.
By the first quarter of 2021, the survey found, the homicide rate had fallen from a peak in the previous summer, but was still 24 percent higher than in the first quarter of 2020.
President Joe Biden pledged in June to go after the “merchants of death” who trade illegal weapons and to ramp up funding for local law enforcement across the country.