Headlines this morning include this one: 16 people were wounded when factions in a New Orleans neighborhood park started shooting at each other Sunday night.
I confess I checked the headline quickly this morning because of curiosity about the roots of a mass shooting. It was an exceptionally bloody but familiar story, according to the Time Picayune:
Several witnesses said the gathering was part of an after party for the Nine Times Social Aide & Pleasure Club’s annual second line, which earlier in the day proceeded through the Desire and Florida Development neighborhoods before disbanding at Sampson Park in St. Roch. [Police Supt. Michael] Harrison described the after-party as an “unpermitted event.”
“We staffed the second line pretty heavily,” Harrison said. The NOPD later received word of an impromptu music video being shot inside the park, he said. The event must have “circulated through social media,” he added, “because we got no report of it.”
Officers were dispatched to the park to shut the gathering down, Harrison said. “They were a block away when they heard gunshots and were flagged down” from there. EMS appeared on the scene soon after, he said.