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Tragic shooting in New Orleans leaves 9 people injured, 1 person dead

Image source: WDSU-TV

Ten people were shot — one of them fatally — during a horrific shooting in the French Quarter of New Orleans early Sunday morning, according to New Orleans Police.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said during a news conference that officers responded about 1:30 a.m. Sunday to the shooting near the famed Bourbon street. Harrison said the shooting victims whose ages ranged from 20 to 37 included two females and eight males.

The person who died was a male and was pronounced dead once he arrived to the hospital.

Harrison said police do not yet know why the shooting started, but said that two men were arrested on firearms charges. One of the men was a victim in the shooting while the other was an "unrelated individual."

"One of victims was in possession of a firearm ... another subject, who may or may not be affiliated with this event, was arrested for possession of a firearm," Harrison told WDSU-TV.

Harrison said the shooting happened despite an increased police presence for the Bayou Classic football game Saturday night between Southern and Grambling universities.

Harrison said that detectives are combing the crime scene and gathering any potential evidence and that an investigation remains ongoing.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu described the shooting as senseless, tragic and "totally unacceptable," according to WSDU.

"We're going to pursue these individuals very, very aggressively," he said. "Totally unacceptable. The violence continues to spin out of control with people brandishing weapons whenever they think they can. It's really unfortunate."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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