Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police Hunt Suspects in Mass Shooting in New Orleans Park

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police Hunt Suspects in Mass Shooting in New Orleans Park

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NEW ORLEANS * Police on Monday sought to determine what touched off a wild shootout in a crowd of hundreds of people at a New Orleans playground, where an evening of fun at a block party swiftly turned into a nightmare.

The shootout, combined with the recent shooting of a good Samaritan who tried to help a woman who was being dragged toward a vehicle, put a city that has long struggled with violence on edge.

"No one feels safe," said Peter Scharf, a Louisiana State University professor who studies crime.

The Sunday night shootout happened as hundreds of people possibly as many as 500 gathered at the Bunny Friend Playground in what police described as a block party. A music video was also being filmed there. Police said neither event had a permit.

Officers were nearby overseeing a neighborhood parade when they received reports of a large crowd at the park. …

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