Statement issued by the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau about the Mother’s Day second line shootings:
On Sunday, May 12, there was a shooting at a Second Line in the 7th ward neighborhood that left 19 people injured. There were no fatalities and the majority of the 19 have non-life-threatening injuries. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.
New Orleans has second lines and cultural celebrations every weekend. Violence at such events is extremely rare. There was a strong police presence at the event. Law enforcement is taking swift action.
Just like all major urban centers, it is sad that a handful of troubled people choose a life of violence. We are committed to working with city leaders and the criminal justice system to make New Orleans a safer place to live, work and visit.
This incident will NOT cause us to stop second lines or the other cultural traditions that are part of our heritage and daily lives.