New Orleans police continued their manhunt Sunday morning for two suspects who opened fire on a large crowd of people at a daiquiri shop Saturday night just a few miles from the French Quarter, killing at least three and injuring seven others.
The two suspects, whose only description released by police was that they were wearing hoodies and fired a long rifle and a handgun, appeared to shoot indiscriminately at the crowd before fleeing on foot, The Times-Picayune reported.
Two men and a woman died at the scene, while five men and two women were transported to local hospitals, according to CNN. At least one victim was in critical condition. As of early Sunday morning, police had not released the names of the victims.
The Times-Picayune described the scene shortly after the mass shooting:
Sounds of shouts and crying were heard throughout the chaotic scene late Saturday and into Sunday, some of which was caused by confusion as families and friends looked for loved ones. One woman asked bystanders for information because she was unable to locate her boyfriend, who had been at the nearby restaurant Saturday minutes before the shooting.
Two people — including a woman screaming “That’s my son. Someone please talk to me. Tell me what happened to my son.” — tried to run across the police line, and one woman was escorted away from the scene as she pleaded for one of the victims to “get up.”
According to the newspaper, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said, “I speak for everyone in our City when I say we are disgusted, we are infuriated, and we have had more than enough. Three more lives — gone. It has to end. This happened near my neighborhood, on the edge of Broadmoor. It’s unacceptable anywhere.”
Police urged anyone with information about the shooting or the suspects to report it.
This story is developing.