There was a shooting in US city of New Orleans on Mother’s Day. Nineteen people, including two children were hurt when one or more people opened fire on the crowd following a procession to mark the day.
The incident comes hot on the heels of a failed attempt by President Obama to introduce checks on people buying guns over the internet.
The attacks took place in a deprived area of New Orleans which is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and which suffers from some of the highest levels of gun crime in the US.
New Orleans police and federal authorities identified a young man suspected of opening fire at the parade. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas identified Akein Scott, 19, of New Orleans.from blurry surveillance camera images of the mass shooting, Serpas said police have “multiple identifications of Akein Scott as the shooter” seen in the film.
Gun violence has erupted at two other city celebrations this year (2013). According to Fox News, it seems to go 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 video report comes from Euronews, with supplementary information from Fox News.