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Mass Shooting in New Orleans: 1 dead, 9 injured

An argument between two visitors to New Orleans sparked a gunfight early Sunday on Bourbon Street, police said, leaving a young Baton Rouge artist dead and nine others injured in a spray of bullets that sent hundreds of early morning partiers running in terror.
The bloodshed in the 100 block of Bourbon, near Iberville Street, eerily echoed the carnage from a two-man gun battle six blocks away on the same street in June 2014.
The return of a mass gun attack on the city's most famous entertainment corridor left Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Gov. John Bel Edwards and others groping for calming words as a national spotlight returned to a city already reeling from a recent swell of shooting sprees and murders.
New Orleans police had yet to identify either perpetrator by late Sunday. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said both fled on foot, apparently unharmed. Pleading for the public's help, Harrison described the mass shooting as an "act of brazen cowards."
None of the victims — including slain 25-year-old tattoo artist Demontris Toliver — appeared to have been targets, Harrison added. He said agents with the FBI, the ATF and other law enforcement organizations had joined in the manhunt.
Harrison described it as an argument that began elsewhere, migrated to Bourbon Street and "turned to a shootout."
"They made a choice to endanger the lives of thousands of visitors and residents who were in the area," Harrison said of the shooters. "I'm confident we will track down those responsible for the crimes. We will hold them accountable for their actions."
The young artist was shot in the chest and shoulder blade area and died at the hospital, police said. His slaying marked the 162nd homicide this year in New Orleans — a figure the city reached last year on Dec. 29, according to Jeff Asher, a former city crime analyst.
The victims, including Toliver, were eight men and two women ranging in age from 20 to 37, Harrison told reporters before daybreak Sunday.
Only one of the shooting victims, a 21-year-old Mississippi man, is from outside Louisiana. Two — both 22-year-old men who were released with minor injuries — are from New Orleans, police said.
"To say the least it was an unconscionable act and it was unacceptable and it continues to put an exclamation point on the death and destruction gun violence has played out on the streets of New Orleans," Landrieu said. "And like I've said many, many times, it's almost impossible to understand."
Jessie Ben of Lafayette said her 20-year-old daughter Brittany Ben and her 21-year-old grandsoncq Deion Ben were among the nine injured.
Brittany Ben was struck by five bullets and is due to undergo surgery at a hospital in Lafayette, where she lives, on Monday morning, Jessie Ben said.
"She's in a lot of pain right now," she said about her daughter. "She feels nervous. But she's hanging in there."
Her grandson was shot in the pelvis, and his injuries were so severe and painful that he had to stay in a hospital in New Orleans, she said.
Jessie Ben recalled rushing to New Orleans after getting the early morning call that the two had been injured while attending festivities related to the Bayou Classic. Her daughter, she said, was studying nursing at Southern University in Baton Rouge.
"It was terrible," Jessie Ben said. "I couldn't think. I just said, 'Please, let my daughter be alive.' "
If it all sounds familiar, that's because so much of what happened about 1:30 a.m. Sunday mirrored the bloody events of about 2:45 a.m. June 29, 2014, in the 700 block of Bourbon Street.
That two-man gunfight also left nine victims with bullet wounds, while claiming the life of a young bystander, 21-year-old Hammond nursing student Brittany Thomas, in a mass shooting that shook the city.
Some 15 bullets were fired on that occasion, prompting Landrieu to plead for State Police to help secure the Crescent City's historic tourist district.
Yet the shooting Sunday morning was committed in spite of a highly visible police presence, with extra officers added to work the thick Bayou Classic crowds on Thanksgiving weekend.
It was only the latest among many such incidents in New Orleans, which has seen mass shootings over and over again in the past several years.
Just on Friday, four people were shot on a street corner in Central City. Two months ago on another street corner in the same area, six people were shot in what is believed to have been an act of gang violence. One of the victims, an innocent bystander who had gone out for a pack of cigarettes, was killed.
A year ago this month, rival gang members fired wildly into a crowd in Bunny Friend Park in the Upper 9th Ward, wounding 17 people but killing none. Almost all of the victims were there to enjoy a DJ set, according to police.
And a year before the earlier Bourbon Street shooting spree, two brothers unleashed a hail of gunfire into a crowd enjoying a second-line parade on Mother's Day in 2013. Nineteen people were shot, and one person was trampled in a stampede for cover.
Asher, the former city crime analyst who tracks shootings in New Orleans, tweeted Sunday that 42 people had been shot in the city over the past 10 days.
The number of shooting incidents — single events in which one or more people are shot — stands at 427 for the year, Asher said, well above the tally for all of 2015.
"The recent rise in gun violence here is real and very terrifying," Asher wrote. "The story today may be about gun violence on Bourbon Street, and that's a horrific tragedy, but the real problem here runs way deeper."

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