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At least 16 injured in shooting at New Orleans playground

As many as 500 people were in the park at the time.

 

Post Parade Shooting (Michael DeMocker / NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP (Michael DeMocker / NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP / NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP

AT LEAST 16 people have been wounded after two groups opened fire on each other at a New Orleans playground.

Police were on their way to break up a big crowd at Bunny Friend Playground when gunfire erupted at the park, the police said in a statement last night.

Hundreds of people were gathered at the park for a block party and music video shoot.

Police said 10 people were taken to the hospital in ambulances while another six were taken in private vehicles. Photos of the scene showed emergency workers wheeling some of the wounded to ambulances on gurneys while other people who appeared to be in pain lay on the ground.

Joseph Jordan was inside a house across the street from the park with his friend, who gave her first name as Raven, when they heard gunshots. Later, someone called Raven and told her that her niece had been shot. The two rushed to the hospital to check on the 14-year-old, who had been shot three times in the leg.

Speaking of the hospital, Jordan said: “It’s still crowded back there.”

Post Parade Shooting (Michael DeMocker / NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP (Michael DeMocker / NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP / NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP

Outside University Medical Center, Kawandra Hayney said she had been driving about two or three blocks from the playground with her daughter when people ran by shooting. Her 14-year-old daughter was hit once in the knee and five times in her backside. Hayney pulled her daughter out of the truck and under it to hide, then into a nearby ditch.

“I saw the police coming, and I ran over to them,” she said. She said she later counted seven bullet holes in her truck.

Investigators don’t know what started the shooting, police spokesman Tyler Gamble said.

He said all the victims are listed in stable condition. He said the victims suffered either direct gunshot wounds or were grazed by bullets.

Large stadium lights lit up the park last night as police continued to work the crime scene. Witnesses told police that the gunmen ran off after the shooting was over.

As many as 500 people could have been in the park when the shooting happened, said police chief Michael Harrison.

Police earlier said the people were there for an impromptu music video but Gamble later told reporters that while a video was being filmed, the event was a primarily a block party. Gamble said that neither the block party nor the music video had a permit.

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