Sixteen people have been shot during the filming of a music video at the Bunny Friend Playground in New Orleans, officials say. No arrests have been made yet.
The shooting happened at about 6:15 p.m. on Sunday when about 500 people, including many children, had gathered at the park for the impromptu filming of a music video. Police said two groups became involved in an argument after which at least two people opened fire, including one person who fired into the crowd. Both groups fled the scene on foot.
Officers were already en-route to the park to break up the crowd after learning of the impromptu event, but the shooting occurred before police arrived at the scene. NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said the shooting may be gang-related, but the exact circumstances of the shooting remain unclear. Nearby streets have been closed by police.
Multiple victims were seen at the park’s main building as numerous ambulances raced to the scene. A total of 10 victims were transported by ambulances to area hospitals, and an additional six victims arrived at hospitals after being taken by private vehicles. The conditions of the victims were not immediately known, though there were no immediate reports of fatalities. The identities and ages of the victims have not yet been released.
“Detectives are combing the neighborhood for any surveillance video of the incident and/or suspects. Anyone with video that they believe may be helpful to the investigation should contact the NOPD immediately,” police said in a statement. “Fifth District Detectives are in charge of the on-going investigation and can be contacted at 658-6050. Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.”
Other details were not immediately available.
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