Photo: The scene on Bourbon Street following the shootings. (Photo via @DrSetItOff)
Following Sunday’s early morning shootings of 10 people in the popular French Quarter of New Orleans, local police have announced that two arrests have been made in connection with the crimes.
According to ABCNews.com, there were 10 total victims—between the ages of 20 and 37 years old—shot Sunday morning on Bourbon Street. Eight of the victims were male and two were female. One of the male victims died from his wounds at a local hospital in New Orleans.
New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison said two men were arrested at the scene on firearms charges. One of the men was a victim and the other was arrested for an unrelated illegal possession of a handgun charge.
Authorities are still unclear about the motives behind the shootings.
The New Orleans Police Department and a tourist known by the Twitter handle @DrSetItOff shared more information and photographs from the scene:
Update: A total of 10 victims were shot in the incident on Bourbon Street. One victim has died from his injuries. #NOPDAlert— NOPD (@NOPDNews) November 27, 2016
Something has happened at the beginning of Bourbon Street. I am looking from my hotel window. pic.twitter.com/FGDlaJp7Ub— #iKutAbove (@DrSetItOff) November 27, 2016
The shootings took place despite a heavy police presence of about thirty or more officers in the area due to a college football game between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars Saturday night.
“Tonight's shooting was unacceptable. Police and EMS were on scene and responded fast. We will pursue this investigation aggressively,” New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement.