16 Injured in New Orleans Playground Shootout

Gunfire erupted as hundreds gathered for party
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2015 12:10 AM CST

(Newser) – The "Bunny Friend Playground" might sound like one of the most harmless places on the planet, but it was the site of a shooting that left at least 16 people injured in New Orleans on Sunday evening. Police say hundreds of people were at the 9th Ward park for an unauthorized block party and music video shoot when two groups of people opened fire on each other, WDSU reports. A police spokesman says some of the injured suffered direct bullet wounds while others were grazed by bullets, the AP reports. He says all the victims are in stable condition and the cause of the incident is still unclear. Police say officers were already on their way to break up the party when the shooting began.

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Witnesses tell the New Orleans Times-Picayune that they saw a man with a machine gun flee the scene and gunfire continued as he made his getaway. No arrests have been made, and police have appealed for information, calling the incident a "classic case where we need citizen help." At a Sunday night press conference, Mayor Mitch Landrieu denounced the shootings and urged witnesses to come forward. "At the end of the day, it's really hard to police against a bunch of guys who decided to pull out guns and settle their disputes with 300 people in between them," he said, per the Times-Picayune. "It's not something you can tolerate in the city." (Read more New Orleans stories.)

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