16 Wounded as Gunfire Erupts at New Orleans Block Party

shooting in New Orleans Michael DeMockerThe Times-Picayune via AP
Michael DeMockerThe via AP

It was another example of the nationwide epidemic of black-on-black violence, as a shooting at a park in New Orleans’ 9th Ward sent at least 16 people to the hospital Sunday night. An unpermitted block party at Bunny Friend Playground with an estimated 500 people in attendance turned violent when two rival groups opened fire on each other. Victims, including a 14-year old girl, were all listed in stable condition.

Democrat Mayor Mitch Landrieu pled for witnesses to come forward with information, according to UPI:

“At the end of the day, it’s really hard to police against a bunch of guys who decide to pull out guns and settle their disputes with 300 people in between them. That’s just not something you can tolerate in the city,” Landrieu said.

“It’s going to require the people who were in this park to basically say they’ve had enough and they’re not going to put themselves in harm’s way and give us information so that the police can do their job,” he said.

Police chief Michael Harrison told WDSU-TV that he believed the shooting might have been gang-related.

According to a recently released Uniform Crime Report for the first nine months of 2015, the number of murders reported in New Orleans increased 15 percent, and the number of rapes was up by 56 percent.

Breitbart News reported on another recent brutal crime in New Orleans that was caught on video, where a hoodie-wearing black suspect shot a Tulane medical student in the stomach after the student tried to stop the thug from kidnapping a woman off the street.

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