Five shot after MLK Day parade

Five shot after MLK Day parade

POSTED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 3:49pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 3:53pm

Five people were wounded in a shooting at the intersection of LaSalle Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Monday afternoon.

Officials said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas was among those who responded to the scene. He said that a group of six teenage boys or young men was gathered outside a small grocery when a late model white sedan - possibly a Nissan or Pontiac - drove past. Shots were fired from inside that vehicle.

The car sped off in the direction of the Mississippi River.

An NOPD official said the situation was under control shortly thereafter. A surveillance camera captured the incident and that video is being reviewed.

The violence happened less than an hour after the city's annual parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. passed through the neighborhood - something that wasn't lost on residents.

"It's ridiculous this violence happened on this day," one witness told WDSU.

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