New Orleans Becomes Crime, Killing Zone Before Mardi Gras

  • Five people were shot, one fatally, at the Krewe of Bacchus Parade in New Orleans on Sunday night, police said.
  • New Orleans resident Camryn Lafleur, 19, said she was watching the parade when “gunshots were fired across the street,” triggering panic and a stampede. She said she sought cover before retreating into a relative’s nearby house.
  • “It didn’t used to be like this,” she added. “It didn’t used to be this dangerous in the city at all.”
  • Longtime resident Kristie Bowerman, 49, said the incident on Sunday night marked the third time she has witnessed a shooting at a Mardi Gras parade. She described the scene as “mass chaos.”
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