NEW ORLEANS — A shooting that occurred during the Krewe of Bacchus parade on Sunday night in the 1600 block of Terpsichore near where it connects with St. Charles Avenue left one person dead and four others injured. The incident took place in the intersection of Terpsichore and St. Charles Avenue.
According to the New Orleans Police Department, the victims included a little girl, a woman, and three males, all of whom were taken to the hospital after the incident. It was then determined that one of the male victims had passed away. At the scene, one person was apprehended by law enforcement.
“We were quickly able to apprehend the suspect we believe responsible for this,” he said.
“This is really not something we wanted to see,” “We really wanted this to be a safe Mardi Gras.”
#BREAKING @NOPDNews have a perimeter set up at St. Charles and Terpsichore St.
Bacchus has come to a stop.
First responders are currently attending to a female on the ground. pic.twitter.com/1pKLtrLXyC
— Jonah Gilmore (@JonahMGilmore) February 20, 2023
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Andrew Crawford, a second witness, testified that he was present at the parade with his family when they were all forced to flee in a hurry. “I don’t want to see this happen again during Mardi Gras, you know small children and families. It’s unfortunate. You want to protect the ones you love. It is what it is. It sucks.”
Following the gunshot, the superkrewe of Bacchus was forced to come to an immediate halt on the 1500 block of St. Charles Avenue. A law enforcement official stated that the parade would continue in order to “get out of the way” of the crime scene; however, they would not throw anything while they were in that vicinity.
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