A Mother’s Day second-line shooting on Frenchmen Street in the 7th Ward, on Sunday about 2 p.m., left about 17 people injured, according to changing NOPD numbers. Earlier Sunday afternoon NOPD Superintendent Ronald Serpas said that about 12 people had been injured, but NOPD spokeswoman Remi Braden said at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday that the toll had creeped up to 17 people as some victims initially hadn’t reported being injured.
The shooting, in which a girl allegedly was grazed on her side by a bullet, occurred in the 1400 block of Frenchmen Street at the intersection of North Villere Street. The girl, who was 9 or 10 years old, appears to be in stable condition, Braden said.
“In fact, many of the victims were grazed (some by bullets that ricocheted),” Braden said in an email. ”At this point, there are no fatalities, and most of the wounds are not life-threatening.
“But all medical conditions are not known at this time as victims were rushed to nearby hospitals,” Braden continued. ”Detectives are conducting interviews, retrieving any surveillance video in the area and, of course, collecting all evidence. This is an extremely unusual occurrence, and we’re confident that we will make swift arrests.”