A dispute between two groups of people in a New Orleans park on Sunday escalated into a violent shootout leaving 16 people injured.
The shooting took place in the evening after around 500 people had gathered at Bunny Friend Playground in the city’s 9th Ward to film a music video, the New Orleans Police Department said in a statement.
Police spokesman Tyler Gamble told the Associated Press that the video was being made without a permit to use the park. He added that police were on their way to break up a big crowd at Bunny Friend Playground when suddenly gunfire erupted at the park in a shocking Sunday violence.
According to police reports, 10 people were taken to the hospital in ambulance while another 6 were taken in private vehicles.
Photos from the shootout scene show emergency workers taking some of the wounded to ambulances on gurneys while other people who appeared to be in plain lay on the ground.
No deaths were immediately reported and police had few details on the extent of the victim’s injuries.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison told reporters that officers were a block away from the park when they heard the gunshots and were flagged down by passersby.
Joseph Jordan was inside a house across the street from the park with his friend, 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.”
Other witnesses told The Times-Picayune newspaper that the gathering was part of an after-party following a neighborhood parade. One witness recounts that the shooting “sounded like New Year’s Eve all over again.”
Large stadium lights lit up the park as police carried out investigations on the crime scene.
Witnesses told police that the gunmen later ran off after the shooting was over.
According to Police Superintendent Michael Harrison, the shooting might have been gang related. No arrests have been made so far.