NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The original “Big Seven” parade began around 1 p.m. on Elysian Fields Avenue, as it does every year, and started marching through the Seventh Ward.
Twitter user @tucheAOG was at the corner of North Villere and Frenchmen with his family and friends waiting for the parade to arrive.
Also waiting at that corner: the supected shooter.
As the crowd gathered to see the marchers pass, the suspect waited in the background. Then, around 1:47 p.m., he walked into the crowd and started shooting.
@tucheAOG was recording video at the very second the bullets began flying.
WARNING: the unedited version of this video is not suitable for children!
He says on his Twitter account that he didn’t see anything, he just started running when he heard the shots, but his phone did catch a glimpse of the shooter.
The surveillance video gives us the best look at what happened. You can see the crowd scatter when the shooting starts, and even a little boy left alone in the chaos, just a few feet from the gunman.
At this point, we don’t even know who the intended targets were, or if they were hurt.