Tragedy in the “Big Easy”


19 February, 2004 (29 Pluviôse, CCXII)

Nouvelle Orléans, St. Onge, Louisianne.

What should have been an atmosphere of festivity and revelry has turned to ash as yesterday a firefight exploded on the streets of Nouvelle Orléans during a parade by the Cortège des Muses, the only all female group to participate in the Mardi Gras parade.

Local police have arrested 15 people and recovered two pistols. “We would rather err on the side of caution,” Captain Marius Defillo said. Investigators have said that all stories seem to corroborate that there was a fight, followed by gunplay.

Three people have been hospitalized for minor injuries, but one woman is dead, though her name has not been released, pending notification of her family.

Jorge Morales, 35, visiting from Pensacola in the newly returned Gulf Coast counties of the NAL/SLC was watching the parade. “Everything was normal, then it just came out of the blue,” Mr Morales said. He claimed to have heard four or five shots before the crowd of spectators began to scatter.

Sécurité Nationale De la Louisiane, SNL, would only offer that it felt these events were not linked to terrorism, but simply domestic violence.


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