11 people shot in New Orleans; investigation underway: Police

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 01, 2019, 06.18 PM(IST)

New Orleans shooting Photograph:( Reuters )

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According to local reports, all the victims have been rushed to the hospital.

An individual was detained in United States' New Orleans on Sunday after 11 people were injured in a shooting incident, city police informed on Twitter.

"An individual was detained near the scene. However, their possible involvement in this incident remains under investigation," said police, adding, "No arrests have been made at this time. Investigation remains ongoing."

"The total number of victims in this incident is 11. A victim walked in at a local hospital for treatment, " the police said in another tweet.

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The incident took place at around 3:20 pm (local time) on a crowded commercial street in French Quarter, a popular tourist hub of New Orleans.

According to local reports, all the victims have been rushed to the hospital. Two of the victims are in a critical condition, AFP report said.

Police said they quickly responded to the incident as extra patrols were on duty for an annual Thanksgiving weekend university football game in the city.

"We had officers on that very block that thought they were being fired upon," police superintendent Shaun Ferguson told reporters.

"Unfortunately, there were so many people out here we were unable to determine who was actually firing shots at the time. We do not know how it started."

Further details are awaited.

(With inputs from agencies)