(NEW ORLEANS) — New Orleans police chief Monday urged anyone with information about the weekend shooting that wounded 19 people, including two children, to come forward and “stand with the children.”
Silence, Police Chief Ronal Serpas said, meant siding with the gunman.
Police are offering a $10,000 reward and are calling on citizens to provide them with any photos and video relating to the Mother’s Day shooting that erupted during one of the city’s iconic second-line parades.
City and federal investigators are “still trying to determine if there was more than one gunman and more than one weapon,” in the city’s third such shooting to interrupt a celebration this year, Serpas said.
Video released earlier Monday shows a crowd running in all directions following gunshots amid an otherwise festive parade. The grainy video appears to show the crowd running from a man in a white shirt and blue pants.
Police said there could potentially be more than one shooter, and that the crime may be gang related.
Investigators are relying on tips from people at the parade who saw or know something about the shootings.
Community members should “choose to stand with children who were injured. Don’t choose to stand with the selfish person who fired the gun,” Serpas said.
Among the 19 people injured in the shooting were two children, aged 9 and 10.
Since the ATF doubled the reward money from $5,000 to $10,000, Serpas said the number of tips has increased.
No one was killed in Sunday’s shooting. Most of the wounds people received were “superficial,” the chief said.
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