In the early morning hours on Sunday, Dec. 1, a spasm of violence bloodied Canal Street, leaving 11 people shot in one of New Orleans’s deadliest mass shootings in years.

New Orleans police said two victims were in critical condition just before 3:30 a.m. As of mid-morning Sunday, few details had been released, but the street near the corner of Bourbon and Canal was littered with evidence markers that usually denote shell casings.

Five victims have been taken to the University Medical Center and five were brought to Tulane Medical Center. One person arrived at an area hospital via a private vehicle.

The mass shooting came at the end of a big night of revelry in and around the French Quarter as tens of thousands of visitors were downtown between Grambling State University and Southern University for the Bayou Classic football game.

NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said early Sunday morning that a person of interest was arrested, but it was not clear what involvement the person had in the shooting.

Ferguson said police were on the scene right after the gunshots started to ring out, as patrols had been beefed up for the game. At first, he said officers believed they were being fired at as the shots sounded too close to them. No police officers were injured, Ferguson said.

This is the second mass shooting that happened on the weekend of Bayou Classic in recent years. In 2016, two men got into a fight and killed Demontris Toliver, a Baton Rouge tattoo artist, and the resulting gunfire wounded nine people.

Please contact NOPD at 504-658-6080 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP to anyone with information about this incident.

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