Police officers in New Orleans, Louisiana are now offering a $10,000 reward in hopes of nabbing the suspect they think opened fire during a crowded Mother’s Day parade over the weekend.
New Orleans police have released pictures of a possible suspect in the Mother’s Day shooting rampage that injured 19 people, including two children. Stills of the man have been posted on YouTube in the hopes he will be recognized.
Gunfire erupted in the Seventh Ward neighborhood at around 2:00pm local time (1900 GMT) during an annual Mother’s Day parade attended by up to 400 people. Based on a preliminary investigation, the FBI has confirmed that the shooting was likely related to street violence, not terrorism.
Cellphone video obtained by police and released in the aftermath shows the parade crowd suddenly scattering, and some falling to the ground, in front of a man wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants. He is seen running away from the crowd while shooting at people.
Investigators are continuing to conduct interviews, and collect evidence and surveillance video from the scene. The image of the shooter is not clear, but police said they hope someone will recognize him.
In a Monday afternoon press conference, police said they were making headway in the investigation. Police and local media have called for anyone who recognizes or may know the possible suspect to contact crime stoppers in the hope of tracing the gunman, or gunmen. Up to three gunmen are believed to be at large.
“There were hundreds of people there, and somebody saw something,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a public appeal.
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