Police investigate shooting along Uptown parade route
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU) — Police in New Orleans were investigating a shooting along the Uptown parade route Thursday night.
Authorities with the New Orleans Police Department said two victims were shot along St. Charles Avenue near Erato Street just before 8 p.m.
Investigators said the shooting happened as three parades were rolling Uptown.
Police said the victims suffered minor wounds to their legs.
New Orleans police Chief Ronal Serpas said NOPD officers apprehended a juvenile suspect within moments of the gunfire and recovered the gun that may have been used in the shooting.
Serpas said new laws on the books will be used to prosecute violators, including the Louisiana Revised Statute 14:95.1.1, where illegal carrying of a firearm at a parade with any firearm used in a commission of a crime of violence is punishable by a mandatory one- to five-year prison sentence, and the Louisiana Revised Statute 14:95.2.2, reckless discharge of a firearm at a parade or demonstration is punishable with a five- to 10-year sentence and a mandatory three-year prison sentence if convicted.
No motive was given for the shooting and the parades continued without further incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.