A weeks-old dispute boiled over in a shooting on the outskirts of New Orleans’ French Quarter, leaving seven wounded, police said Sunday.
New Orleans police said in a release that the shooting happened outside a fast-food restaurant around 9:15 p.m. Saturday on Canal Street, which runs along the edge of the neighborhood at the heart of the city’s tourism industry.
Investigators said one of the victims, a 17-year-old boy, was the gunman’s target because of a dispute on Feb. 16, which was Mardi Gras. He likely was kept at least overnight at the hospital
The others wounded ranged in age from 15 to 50, and were treated and released.
Detectives say the gunman was given a handgun by another man and then opened fire. The shooting sent bystanders running in every direction, according to witnesses.
The Times-Picayune reported that Jeb Tate, a spokesman for the city’s Emergency Medical Services, said one victim arrived at a nearby hospital in guarded condition. The rest were in stable condition.
The apparent target was shot in the torso and was taken to LSU Interim Public Hospital.
The other victims were a 15-year-old girl, wounded in the leg; two 21-year-old men, wounded in their legs; a 50-year-old woman, wounded in the left shoulder; a 25-year-old man, wounded in the left foot; and a 20-year-old man, wounded in the right leg.