Mayor Cantrell issues statement on South Claiborne Ave. mass shooting

NEW ORLEANS–  Mayor LaToya Cantrell released the following statement on the shootings that happened Saturday night on South Claiborne Avenue near the Milan area that left three people dead and seven wounded.

“There is no place in New Orleans for this kind of violence.  I speak for everyone in our city when I say we are disgusted, we are infuriated, and we have had more than enough.  Three more lives—gone.  It has to end.  This happened near my neighborhood, on the edge of Broadmoor.  It’s unacceptable anywhere.

“We are grateful to those on the scene tonight: the NOPD, EMS, the chaplains and the social workers.  We will dedicate every resource necessary to ending this horror and seeing justice done,” she continued.

The shooting happened Saturday night when two people in hooded sweatshirts opened fire on “a large crowd” at a daiquiri shop in the 34400 block of South Claiborne. They appeared to “fire indiscriminately.” One of the men had a long rifle, according to NOPD Chief Michael Harrison.

There were 10 victims, three of whom died at the scene.