Graphic Video Warning: Surveillance video shows scene of Bourbon Street Shooting
POSTED: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 4:18pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 4:22pm
New Orleans — Several people are in critical condition after a shootout on the famous Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
It happened early Sunday morning.
Police say two men just started shooting at each other and bystanders were the ones who got hit.
It was all caught on camera.
This surveillance video, taken from inside the Tropical Isle, shows the chaos ensue as people scrambled to take cover in the bar.
“I was in the back of the bar taking a cigarette break when all of a sudden I heard a lot of gunshots, it had to be like more than eight of them.”
Jimmy Burgin, a bartender at Tropical Isle, immediately ran to the front doors to help put the bar in lockdown.
And that's when he saw this 19-year-old woman from Arkansas, on the ground, suffering from a bullet wound to the abdomen.
“I was just wanting to see how bad off she was. I asked her if she was able to breathe ok, and everything, and she could feel her legs. She told me everything was ok as far as that goes, it just really hurt bad.”
According to Superintendent Ronal Serpas, two armed men got into a dispute and began firing at one another, spraying bullets into an unsuspecting crowd along Bourbon Street.
This video footage from earthcam.com captures a glimpse of one of the shooters as he turned the gun on the crowd.
“It was chaotic, ya know, everyone was trying to get help to the people that they saw were injured.”
AJ Garcia and his girlfriend Amanda Hawkins were among those that jumped into action to help another wounded victim nearby.
“He was shot in the knee, and then we lifted his pants up and he was just gushing blood, and I took my shirt off and my girlfriend tied it around his leg,” said Garcia.
“I work in the medical field so I knew you needed to tie it with a tourniquet and keep it elevated above his heart,” said Hawkins.
The couple says they were glad they were there to help, but it was a terrifying experience.
“It was traumatizing. Definitely after that it ruined our whole night. We just wanted to go back to the hotel and make sure all of our friends were safe.”
“It leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. We were just walking back here to get some souvenirs and every step I took, its not a good feeling because this is exactly where everything happened.”
New Orleans police say a 10th victim came forward Sunday night. For an updated report of shooting victims, click here.