19 injured in New Orleans parade shooting

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A victim is helped by bystanders and first responders after a shooting at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans on Sunday.
A victim is helped by bystanders and first responders after a shooting at a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans on Sunday.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

    • NEW: “These kinds of incidents are not going to go unanswered,” the mayor says
    • Officers saw three suspects running from the scene
    • Two children are among the victims
    • “Everyone around me, except me, was shot,” says a CNN iReporter

(CNN) — Abdul Aziz believes he was standing right next to a shooter Sunday when gunmen opened fire at a parade in New Orleans, injuring 19 people.

“Everyone around me, except me, was shot,” he said. “I was pretty fortunate to get away.”

Aziz, 33, a photojournalist, was at the parade when shooting started at the corner of Frenchman Street and North Villere Street.

“We turned off of a main thoroughfare to a smaller residential street, and that’s when the shots rang out. I was standing, I believe, right next to the shooter. I saw muzzle flash, but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to see who the shooter was,” he said.

Law enforcement investigates the scene of a mass shooting at a Mother\'s Day parade in New Orleans on May 12, 2013.
Law enforcement investigates the scene of a mass shooting at a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans on May 12, 2013.

People panicked and ran.

Aziz, who has worked in the Middle East, started taking pictures.

He sent those images to CNN iReport.

“It’s a little jarring when you see these types of things on the home front,” he said. “I’m sad. I love this city. We’re plagued by crime, and it’s just not getting better no matter what we do.”

According to police, 19 people were injured in the shooting, including two children. Ten men and seven women were among the victims.

Shots were fired from different guns, and officers saw three suspects running from the scene, police said.

One of the suspects was described as an African-American male, approximately 18 to 22 years old, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jean shorts.

No one is in custody.

“This is an extremely unusual occurrence, and we’re confident that we will make swift arrests,” said Remi Braden, a police spokeswoman.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told CNN affiliate WVUE that it appears “two or three people just, for a reason unknown to us, started shooting at, towards, or in the crowd.”

He asked anyone with information to call authorities.

“These kinds of incidents are not going to go unanswered. We’re going to be very, very aggressive,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

“There were hundreds of people out there today, so somebody knows who did this.”

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