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Current Event Cat of the Day: Mother’s Day Parade

Current Event Cat - Mother's Day Parade

19 people were shot on Sunday during a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans. Apparently the United States cannot go one week without a shooting or a bombing.

Three gunmen opened fire on hundreds of people during the second-line parade – an impromptu procession in which people dance behind the official Mother’s Day parade.

“Somebody in the crowd yelled ‘everybody get down’, so we did. We just hit the deck. We saw a lot of people diving to the ground,” said one witness. “We waited about 40 seconds and the firing had stopped. We thought: we’ve got to get out of here.”

Although no fatalities occurred, four people were rushed to surgery and three are reportedly in critical conditions. The victims included two 10-year-old children who were grazed by bullets.

The incident occurred in the 7th Ward, a poor neighbourhood not far from the French Quarter that is still recovering from the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Police are searching for three suspects who were spotted fleeing the Mother’s Day parade scene. Their motive is unknown – perhaps it is gang-related or perhaps they just really hated Mother’s Day. What is known, however, is that this was not an act of terrorism – it was strictly an act of street violence, according to the FBI. And if there’s one thing New Orleans knows well (aside from Jazz, drinking, and seafood), it’s street crime.

Via: Current Event Cats

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