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Mother’s Day Parade Shooting Suspect Caught On Camera [VIDEO]

by / May 13, 2013 News 57 Comments

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There have been so many tragic instances of hostile individuals taking advantage of proud Americans who gather to celebrate and enjoy one another. From the mass shooting during the screening of The Dark Night Rises in Colorado, to the Boston Marathon shooting, and now this- a shooting on the day designated for celebrating the women who gave us all life.

The man suspected to have committed the crime obviously had no appreciation for his or any other’s mother’s child’s life. The Huffington Post reported:

New Orleans police hope a $10,000 reward and blurry surveillance camera images will lead to arrests in a Mother’s Day shooting that wounded 19 people and showed again how far the city has to go to shake a persistent culture of violence that belies the city’s festive image.
Angry residents said gun violence – which has flared at two other city celebrations this year – goes hand-in-hand with the city’s other deeply rooted problems such as poverty and urban blight. The investigators tasked with solving Sunday’s shooting work within an agency that’s had its own troubles rebounding from years of corruption while trying to halt violent crime.
 
“The old people are scared to walk the streets. The children can’t even play outside,” Ronald Lewis, 61, said Monday as he sat on the front stoop of his house, about a half a block from the shooting site. His window sill has a hole from a bullet that hit it last year. Across the street sits a house marked by bullets he said were fired two weeks ago.
 
“The youngsters are doing all this,” said Jones, who was away from home when the latest shooting broke out.
 
Video released early Monday shows a crowd gathered for a boisterous second-line parade suddenly scattering in all directions, with some falling to the ground. They appear to be running from a man in a white T-shirt and dark pants who turns and runs out of the picture. The image isn’t clear, but police say they hope someone will recognize him and notify investigators.
 
Police said there may have been as many as three gunmen. The suspects escaped despite the presence of officers who were interspersed through the crowd as part of routine precautions for such an event.
 
Medical student Jarrat Pytell said he was walking with friends near the parade route when the crowd suddenly began to break up.
 
“I saw the guy on the corner, his arm extended, firing into the crowd,” Pytell said Monday.
 
“He was obviously pointing in a specific direction he wasn’t swinging the gun wildly,” Pytell said.
 
Pytell said he tended to one woman with a severe arm fracture – he wasn’t sure if it was from a bullet or a fall – and to others including an apparent shooting victim who was bleeding badly.
 
Three gunshot victims remained in critical condition Monday, though their wounds weren’t believed to be life-threatening. Most of the wounded had been discharged from the hospital.
 
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