New Orleans shooting: Eleven victims in French Quarter

New Orleans Canal St, file
Canal St file image. The shootings took place at about 03:20 local time

Police in New Orleans say there have been 11 victims of a shooting incident in the city’s French Quarter tourist hub.

US media quoted one officer as saying two people were in critical condition. No fatalities have been reported.

The incident took place on Canal St between Bourbon and Chartres streets at about 03:20 local time (09:20 GMT).

Police said on their Twitter feed that “one suspect had been apprehended near the scene”.

But it was unclear whether the person was involved.

There were no other details and the police would only say that investigations were ongoing.

The victims have all been taken to hospital.

Local media quoted police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson as saying officers on the 700 block of Canal Street at the time believed that they were being fired upon.

The French Quarter has been hosting holidaymakers marking the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Thousands of fans and alumni have also been drawn to the city for the Bayou Classic football game traditionally played on Thanksgiving weekend between Southern University and Grambling State University.

On the same weekend in 2016, a man was killed and nine other people injured in a shooting on Bourbon St.

In June 2014, another shooting incident on Bourbon St left one person dead and nine injured.

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