NEW ORLEANS — One person remained in critical condition Monday after a weekend gunfight on Bourbon Street, the historic thoroughfare of nightspots that is a major destination for visitors in tourist-loving New Orleans.
Police said 10 people were hit when shots rang out at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday. Five remained hospitalized at LSU Hospital. In addition to the critical patient, four were stable.
A total of nine people were originally reported shot. On Monday, police added a 10th victim, a man who had gone to a station in a neighboring district about 12 hours after the shootings to report that he had been shot. He had a minor chest wound and refused treatment, a police news release said.
Police have not made victims’ identities and hometowns public but police said some were not from New Orleans. Police said there were six women and four men shot, ranging in age from 17 to 39.
Surveillance video taken from inside the Tropical Isle bar on Bourbon Street showed the ensuing chaos as people scrambled to take cover in the bar.
Bartender Jimmy Burgin immediately ran to the front doors to help put the bar in lockdown, and that’s when he saw a 19-year old woman from Arkansas on the floor, suffering from a bullet wound to the abdomen.
“I was just wanting to see how bad off she was,” he said. “I asked her if she was able to breathe OK and everything and if she could feel her legs. She told me everything was OK as far as that goes. It just really hurt bad.”
According to Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas, two armed men got into a dispute and began firing at one another, spraying bullets into an unsuspecting crowd along the New Orleans Street.
Video footage from earthcam.com captured a glimpse of one of the shooters as he turned the gun on the crowd.
A.J. Garcia and his girlfriend Amanda Hawkins were among those that jumped into action to help another wounded victim nearby.
The couple said they were glad they were there to help, but it was a terrifying experience.
“It was traumatizing,” Hawkins said. “Definitely after that, it ruined our whole night. We just wanted to go back to the hotel and make sure all of our friends were safe.
“It leaves a nasty taste in my mouth,” Garcia added. “We were just walking back here (to Bourbon Street) to get some souvenirs and every step I took, It’s not a good feeling, because this is exactly where everything happened.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.