6 Shot Along Mardi Gras Parade Route! (UPDATED)

February 24, 2009

6 shot along Mardi Gras parade route

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An infant and at least five other people were shot Tuesday along a parade route packed with Mardi Gras revelers, police said. Two suspects were in custody and the victims were recovering.

Conspicuously, there are no details about the two suspects.

And this ugly comment at the very end of the report:

Beau Beals, 45, said he was outside a house party on St. Charles Avenue when the shooting erupted. He said he and other revelers tossed children over a metal fence to get them to safety, but others kept waiting for beads and other trinkets being tossed from the floats as if nothing had happened.

“They had an ambulance out here picking the guy up off the street and people didn’t stop vying for throws,” Beals said.

Why let a puddle of blood and a little screaming get in the way of exposed breasts?

UPDATE: Finally some details on the alleged shooters who were arrested.

Two men, 19-year-old Mark Brooks and 18-year-old Louis Lazone, both of New Orleans, were each booked with seven counts of attempted first-degree murder. Brooks also faces a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Young said. It was not immediately known if the men had attorneys. [LINK]

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