Shots were fired in the French Quarter of New Orleans at 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning, the Daily Caller reports. Ten people were injured, and two victims were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
Fortunately, according to The Hill, President Donald Trump is expected to continue to stand firmly in favor of gun rights in the wake of these shootings.
The Sunday incident marks the second time in three years there has been a shooting on the weekend of the “Bayou Classic,” which was described by NBC News as “Thanksgiving weekend rivalry football game between Grambling State and Southern University.”
Unlike many recent mass shootings, this one was committed with police already in the immediate area.
There was already an active police presence on Canal Street, known for its nightlife, due to the Bayou Classic rivalry football game between Grambling State University and Southern University, according to the Daily Mail.
The police officers were so close to the shooting that they originally thought they were the ones being shot at. Still, police chief Shaun Ferguson announced that one person of interest has been detained, but no arrests have been made as of yet in connection with the shooting.
The shooter’s motive remains unknown, but if they were intent on indiscriminate killing, those officers saved a lot of people. However, it is also possible this shooting was not a random act of violence.
Regardless of the details, the close proximity of the police saved a lot of lives. Unfortunately, the police being able to immediately stop a shooter in action is a rarity.
History of violence
Soon after the Canal Street shooting, another attack took place in the city’s Seventh Ward. On Sunday afternoon, four people were shot and two were killed.
The French Quarter has been subject to similar bouts of violence before. Back in 2016, the same weekend of the “Bayou Classic” a man opened fire during an argument that got out of hand.
Nine people were shot when all was said and done, and Demontris Toliver, a 25-year-old tattoo artist, was tragically killed.
Detectives have begun collecting evidence and witness testimonies in an effort to get to the bottom of the devastating Thanksgiving weekend shooting, and a reward of up to $5,000 has been offered for any information that could lead to an arrest.