New Orleans Shooting In French Quarter Leaves 11 Injured

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At least 11 people were injured Sunday in an early-morning shooting in New Orleans' French Quarter, the city's famed tourist hotspot, police said in a news release.

The shooting took place at about 3am local time on a crowded commercial street near many hotels in a historic district that attracts visitors from around the world.

Two individuals are in critical condition.

The victims were taken to local area hospitals with five going to University Hospital and the other five going to Tulane Hospital.

Officers had been in the locality following the Bayou Classic football game, an annual event between Grambling State and Southern University held on Thanksgiving weekend.

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According to the New Orleans Police Department, gunfire erupted at around 3:21 a.m. local time.

According to Chief Ferguson, the police retrieve footage from the scene to determine what happened and interview witnesses.

He said New Orleans has seen a significant reduction in violent crime over the past four years. He said a group of officers was stationed on the same block where the shooting occurred.

The New Orleans Police Department said they are continuing to investigate the incident and are being helped by Louisiana State Police and federal officers.

Kenneth Culbreth told The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune that he had gone into a CVS pharmacy in the early morning hours to make a quick purchase. No officers are among the injured, he said.