New Orleans- shots fire at Mardi Grass injuring 3 people one who is in critical condition. According AP the shot where fire on crowded Bourbon Street in New Orleans as revelers were partying during Mardi Gras. The shooting happens before 9:30pm local time.
Frank B. Robertosn confirmed that the victims were two males and a female. One of the males was in critical condition and the other two were stable. Until now we don’t have any information about their ages.
Robertson says detectives are working vigorously to identify a suspect and determine a motive. He did not have any other details.
The streets were crawling with barhopping revelers as they celebrate the weekend before Fat Tuesday.
Mardi Grass Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition, as it is associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.
The holiday’s debauchery is sure to draw local law enforcement out if its winter hidey-holes, which means arrests and citations for many. Million visitors between now and Fat Tuesday, headlines about the city’s murder rate are appearing in papers around the country.
In December, a headline in the New York Times read “New Orleans struggles to stem homicides,” and just a few days ago in the Chicago Tribune, an article’s headline proclaimed, “Rising murder rate may spoil Mardi Grass party.”
“As the ambassador for the City of New Orleans, I’m very aware that I’m walking a tightrope, there’s no question about it, but you can’t shy away from it,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said during a news conference on Wednesday.
Landrieu acknowledge the headlines, but said New Orleans police were capable of handling the crowds and patrolling the rest of the city at the same time. He pointed to the success of several special events the city hosted earlier this month, including the Sugar Bowl and BCS Championship Game.
“Over a 12-day period of time, we hosted nine major events,” Landrieu said. “No city in America has ever done that, and it was done safely and it was done well and people can make distinctions, I believe.”