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News number: 9107169508

11:01 | 2013-05-13

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New Orleans Mother's Day Parade Hit by Shooting

TEHRAN (FNA)- Nineteen people have been wounded in a shooting at a Mother's Day parade in the US city of New Orleans, police said.



The victims included two children who were grazed by bullets. Police said most injuries are not life-threatening ,BBC reported.

It is unclear what sparked the shooting in the city's 7th Ward on Sunday afternoon. Police said three suspects were seen fleeing the area.

The incident happened at about 14:00 (19:00 GMT) at the intersection of Frenchmen and Villere streets.

"Shots were fired with different guns," a police statement said.

"Immediately after the shooting our officers saw three suspects running from the scene".

The statement said 10 men, seven women, a 10-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl were wounded by gunfire.

The shooting happened at what is known as a second-line parade - an impromptu community procession in which people dance down the street behind the official parade.

About 200 people were in the area at the time.

"It appears that these two or three people, just for a reason unknown to us, started shooting at, towards, or in the crowd," Police Supt Ronal Serpas told reporters earlier.

"It was over in just a couple of seconds".

The BBC's Jane Little in Washington said New Orleans has a high rate of gun crime.

The area where the shooting happened is a poor neighborhood that is still recovering from the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she added.