We’re not sure which part is saddest — that someone would fire into a crowd during a second line parade, or that someone would fire into a crowd during a parade on Mother’s Day. Sadly, 19 people, including two 10-year-old children, were injured on Sunday in New Orleans when multiple gunmen open fired during a Mother’s Day parade, police told NBC.
According to a New Orleans Police spokesperson, the 10-year old boy and girl were just grazed by bullets and are recovering and although a few people had to undergo surgery following the attack, thankfully there have been no reports of fatalities.
The gun wound victims were injured during a second line parade, which is a tradition in New Orleans — the “second line” refers to a parade of people follow a brass band which plays as everyone marches and dances behind it. This parade happened to be in celebration of Mother’s Day.
Although this isn’t the first second line parade to be fired upon, New Orleans authorities say they won’t be shutting them down anytime soon. “It’s not the second line that did the shooting. The cultural events are very important to us, it’s like calling for an end to Mardi Gras because someone takes an opportunity to shoot someone during one of our parades,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.