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Three killed, seven injured in New Orleans shooting

Police are yet to confirm whether the incident was gang-related.

Three people were killed and seven others were injured when two armed suspects opened fire on a crowd outside a shopping centre in New Orleans.

The shooting happened on Saturday evening in a busy thoroughfare about three miles from the French Quarter.

Police chief Michael Harrison said the two suspects believed to be wearing hoodies had a rifle and a handgun. He said they appeared to have fired indiscriminately into the crowd, striking 10 people.

Before fleeing, they took time to stand over one person.

“We believe that they actually stood over one of the individuals and fired multiple rounds and then after that fled,” he said.

Police responding to the shooting found three victims – two men and one woman – who were pronounced dead at the scene.

Seven other people – five men and two women – were taken to hospital. One underwent surgery and is in critical condition, the other six are not considered to have life-threatening injuries.

Mr Harrison spoke with family members and friends at the scene of the “volatile and tense situation”.

He called on people to come forward and help police find the killers, and also asked people not to take matters into their own hands.

Bystanders hug each other at the scene of the shooting (Matthew Hinton /The Advocate via AP)

“This was an extremely tragic incident. A lot of people were out here tonight. A lot of people, we know, saw what happened, heard what happened. And we need more than anything for people to come forward to help the NOPD right now solve this case,” he said.

He said police do not know whether the incident was gang-related.

Lawrence Russo was at a nearby petrol station when he heard what he at first thought were firecrackers before he realised they were gunshots. He said he heard 13 to 16 shots.

“They never stop killing each other,” he said, shaking his head as he spoke.

Near the scene of the shooting, beyond the police tape, people could be seen crying and hugging one another in comfort.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement: “There is no place in New Orleans for this kind of violence. I speak for everyone in our city when I say we are disgusted, we are infuriated, and we have had more than enough. Three more lives – gone. It has to end. It’s unacceptable anywhere.”

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