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Two slain, five hurt in New Orleans shooting

Published:Tuesday | August 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM
People grieve at the scene as New Orleans police investigate after seven people were shot, two fatally, in the 5400 block of Burgundy Street in the Holy Cross neighborhood of New Orleans on Sunday. - Ap


New Orleans police were investigating a drive-by shooting yesterday that killed a man and an 18-year-old woman and wounded five other people, three of them children.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. Sunday in the city's Lower 9th Ward, a neighbourhood that was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and one that has struggled with crime.

A woman and two children aged two and four were in critical condition and a 13-year-old girl and a 37-year-old woman were in stable condition, according to Officer Frank Robertson.

All the victims were in front of a house when a dark car occupied by several men drove up, opened fire, and sped off, Robertson said. Police have not released very many details of the shooting or a description of the suspects.

The Lower 9th, a predominantly black neighbourhood less than five miles from the bustling tourist district of the French Quarter, was overwhelmed by Hurricane Katrina's floods in 2005.

The shooting is the latest in a city dependent on tourism. In June, two men exchanged gunfire on Bourbon Street, killing one person and wounding nine others.