3 Dead After New Orleans Gunmen Fire Into Crowd

7 wounded in shooting outside strip mall
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 30, 2018 12:09 AM CDT
Gunmen Kill 3, Wound 7 Outside New Orleans Strip Mall
New Orleans Police Department Investigators work near the scene of a shooting in New Orleans, Saturday night, July 28, 2018.   (Matthew Hinton/The Advocate via AP)

Two armed individuals walked up to a crowd gathered Saturday evening outside a strip mall in New Orleans and opened fire, killing three people and wounding seven more, the police chief said. The shooting happened on a busy thoroughfare about three miles from the French Quarter, police say. Police chief Michael Harrison says the two suspects believed to be wearing hoodies had a rifle and a handgun, the AP reports. He says they appeared to have fired indiscriminately into the crowd, striking 10 people. Before fleeing they took time to stand over one person. "We believe that they actually stood over one of the individuals and fired multiple rounds and then after that fled," he says.

Police responding to the shooting found three victims—two men and one woman—who were pronounced dead at the scene. Seven other victims—five men and two women—were taken to two separate hospitals. At the scene of the shooting, Harrison called on people to come forward and help police find the killers and also asked people not to take matters into their own hands. "This was an extremely tragic incident. A lot of people were out here tonight. A lot of people, we know, saw what happened, heard what happened. And we need more than anything for people to come forward to help the NOPD right now solve this case," Harrison said.

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