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7 Shot in New Orleans Watching Mardi Gras Parade

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2009 3:55 PM CST
7 Shot in New Orleans Watching Mardi Gras Parade
A masked reveler stands with the Society of St. Cecilia on Royal Street on Mardi Gras in the French Quarter of New Orleans today.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Seven people, one of them a toddler, were shot in New Orleans today as they watched a Mardi Gras parade, police say. Two men are listed in serious condition, reports the Times-Picayune, and all of the victims appeared to be innocent bystanders. Police chased down and arrested two suspects, ages 18 and 20, the Times-Picayune notes. It's not clear what set off the shooting.

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"I'm off to Afghanistan this summer. Damn, this is more dangerous than Afghanistan," said an Air Force reservist who stopped to help one of the victims. (Read more New Orleans stories.)

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