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Infant, 4 others shot along Mardi Gras route

The Associated Press • February 24, 2009

NEW ORLEANS — An infant and at least four other people were shot today along a parade route packed with Mardi Gras revelers, police said. Two suspects were in custody and the victims were recovering.


The shootings happened near the Garden District about 1:40 p.m. after the last major parade of the celebration, Rex, had ended. Truck floats that follow the parade were passing when gunfire broke out.


“It sounded like a string of fireworks, so I knew it was more than one shooter,” said Toni Labat, 29, a window company manager. She was with her two children, a 2-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.


“Everybody was petrified. They hit the ground, the floats stopped, everybody on the floats ducked,” Labat said.


Labat said one man dragged himself on the ground screaming for help after being wounded and another man was gasping for air and bleeding from his mouth.
Police spokesman Bob Young said the victims were taken to local hospitals. The infant was grazed by a bullet and not seriously hurt, Young said.


Two male suspects, ages 18 and 20, were in custody and three weapons believed used in the shooting had been recovered, he said.


The violence, along the oak-lined Uptown streetcar line, marred what had been a generally peaceful day of revelry in which hundreds of thousands of people partied in the streets on the final day of Carnival. Another shooting was reported on Friday night after an argument, but otherwise, the event was generally problem-free.


Beau Beals, 45, said he was outside a house party on St. Charles Avenue when the shooting erupted. He said and other partiers tossed children over a metal fence to get them to safety, but others kept waiting for beads and other trinkets being tossed from the floats as if nothing had happened.


“They had an ambulance out here picking the guy up off the street and people didn’t stop vying for throws,” Beals said.
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What scum, to shoot up a party like mardi gras. And shooting a baby??

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What kind of a stupid mom takes her kids around to marti gras? not saying they deserved it, but have some fucking common sense. Women with their tops off, drunks everywhere, it's not a place for children.
 

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Abel, Day time parades are for the families (up town)... I'm willing to bet you have never been, huh?
Night time parades are generally closer (down town) to bourbon st. and are more for the adults.
 

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Well, this Beau isn't sure what to think.

People are getting shot, parents are trying to get children to saftey, while others keep vying for beads eh?

Can anyone tell me why this place is still all about partying and just pleasuring themselves? I like to party as much as the next person, but for the love of God. Your whole city was just destroyed...

Were people flopping their breasts around and throwing out dime bags laced with death for beads during that time too?
 
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