Mardi Gras Parade 2009 Erupted By Shootings Incident

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Mardi Gras Parade erupted into chaos on Fat Tuesday when a series of gunshots struck seven people, including a toddler. The child was not seriously injured and two suspects were in custody, police said.

The shootings happened near the Garden District after the last major parade of the celebration. Rex had ended. A stream of truck floats that follow the parade were passing by when gunfire broke out.
Police Spokeman said, the victims are three men ages 50, 33 and 20, two young women ages 20 and 17 and a 15 year old boy were taken to area hospital. A 20 month old baby was grazed by a bullet but not seriously hurt.
The motive of the shootings hasn't been determine yet, but police believe that the victims were bystanders hit at random.
Two men, 19-year-old Mark Brooks, and 18-year-old Louis Lazone, both of New Orleans, were each booked with seven counts of attempted first-degree murder. Brooks also faces a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Police said. It was not immediately known if the men had attorneys. Three weapons believed used in the shooting were recovered.
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