‘An isolated incident’: New Orleans parade shooting leaves 5 shot, 1 killed, in Mardi Gras run-up

In what police are calling “an isolated incident,” five people, including a 4-year-old girl, were shot near a parade in New Orleans on Sunday during the lead-up to Mardi Gras

The shooting, along the route of the traditional Krewe of Bacchus parade, injured the girl, one woman and three men, including one who was later pronounced dead, the New Orleans Police Department reported. As of Monday, police had arrested one suspect in connection to the case.

The barrage of bullets erupted during the run-up to the city’s raucous Mardi Gras celebration. The parade was scheduled to start Sunday shortly after 5 p.m. CST.

During a news conference Monday, Superintendent of Police Michelle Woodford said officers in the area heard gunshots, arrived on scene and found the victims, who were taken by EMS to a hospital where one was pronounced dead.

The victim who died is believed to be between 15-18 years old, Woodford said.

Woodford said officials have not yet identified him.

Other victims included a 4-year-old female, an 18-year old man a 22-year-old woman and 24-year-old man. They were all treated and released from area hospitals, Woodford said.

“We want to give the thoughts and prayers to the victims, and their families,” she said. “This is an isolated incident. … Someone decided a resolution was going to be ended by gunfire.”

At the scene, Woodford said, police recovered two guns and arrested one person, Mansour Mbodj, 21, on a charge of illegally carrying a weapon.

“We can’t say who fired the weapon or who was involved in the shooting at this time,” Woodford said.

A man collects garbage by the scene of a shooting that occurred during the Krewe of Bacchus parade in New Orleans, February 19, 2023.

What we know via police:

Police officers collect evidence at the scene of a shooting that occurred during the Krewe of Bacchus parade in New Orleans, February 19, 2023.
  • So far one person is in custody.
  • Two weapons were recovered.
  • Police were looking into whether anyone else was involved in the shooting.

“We were quickly able to apprehend the suspect we believe responsible for this,” Chief Deputy Hans Ganthier said.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department, Louisiana State Police, and the Department of Corrections also responded to the scene.

Parade resumed

The superkrewe was temporarily halted in the 1500 block of St. Charles Avenue. An officer said that the parade would resume to “get out of the way” of the crime scene.

“Prior to this incident people were having a beautiful Mardi Gras,” Woodford said. “We’re serious about making this event as truly safe as we can.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact New Orleans police.

Police officers work at the scene of a shooting that occurred during the Krewe of Bacchus parade in New Orleans, February 19, 2023. - New Orleans Deputy Police Chief Hans Ganthier said five people were shot, including a young girl, all of whom were taken to the hospital.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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