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article image4 shot in Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, 1 man critical

By Anne Sewell     Feb 10, 2013 in World
New Orleans - One man is critically injured and undergoing surgery, while another man and two women are suffering from non life-threatening wounds after a shooting on crowded Bourbon Street on Saturday night.
Bourbon Street in the French Quarter was packed with both tourists and locals, enjoying the festivities of Mardi Gras, when the shooting started at around 9:30 pm local time. The incident happened outside a strip club.
WWL-TV is reporting that police obtained a surveillance video from a nearby business as part of the investigation and are currently looking for suspects.
Police respond to a shooting during Mardi Gras in New Orleans on February 9  2013.
Police respond to a shooting during Mardi Gras in New Orleans on February 9, 2013.
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21-year-old Patrick Clay told the Times-Picayune that, "Everyone immediately started running and the cops immediately started running towards where people were running from."
"I was with a group of about seven people and at that point we all just kind of grasped hands and made our way through the crowd as soon as possible. We were pretty scared, but at that point, I was just more worried about taking care of my friends," he added.
There was an immediate response to the incident. New Orleans Police Department 8th District Commander Jeff Walls told WWL-TV: “We had an immediate response, if you look you also see the light tower [which helps officers patrol], we had troopers and officers out on the scene immediately. We were out on the block actually making a gun arrest at the time.”
Police respond to a shooting during Mardi Gras in New Orleans on February 9  2013.
Police respond to a shooting during Mardi Gras in New Orleans on February 9, 2013.
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Despite the shooting, some revelers carried on as normal, as they were not surprised by the incident. According to 26-year-old Lyle Robelot of Baton Rouge, "It's kind of been like that. You just hope it doesn't happen to you."
"Maybe for some of the tourists, it would stop them from going. But being from here, it probably doesn't hit us as hard."
Officer Frank Robertson III, a spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department, said that they believe they know the motive behind the shooting, but they do not wish to release the information at this time.
Mardi Gras is an annual festival held in New Orleans, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. The event attracts thousands of tourists from the US and abroad, with spectacular parades and parties on Bourbon Street.
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