ATF, Crimestoppers offer $10,000 reward for information in Mother's Day parade shooting

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New Orleans, LA. - New Orleans police are still searching for the people responsible for a shooting during a Mother's Day parade.

The shooting happened about a mile from the French Quarter, where hundreds were gathered for the festivities.

At least 19 people were injured, including two 10-year-old children. No one has died, but many are still in the hospital with minor to severe injuries. 

While police say this is an extremely unusual occurrence, they're confident they'll make arrests quickly. 

19 hurt at New Orleans Mother's Day parade shooting

The Mother's Day parade was like many others in New Orleans, colorful, spirited and cheerful. But the festivities were cut short when police say at least two gunmen fired into the crowd.

These pictures show the chaos on the street as people carried the injured to safety and first responders rushed to help. Police say 19 people were wounded, including two children who were grazed by bullets.

"Police were everywhere. We hope that anybody who saw anything will give Crime Stoppers a call to help us get to the bottom of this case as quickly as possible," says Chief Ronal Serpas with the New Orleans Police Department.

 Investigators say shots were fired from different guns and officers saw three suspects running from the scene. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu vows to find the people responsible.

"These kinds of incidents are not going to go unanswered. We're going to be very, very aggressive. There were hundreds of people out there today, so somebody knows who did this."

A woman who attended the parade says the violence has to stop.

 "It's just time to stop with the violence. It's not cool, It's Mother's Day, who wants to lose a child on Mother's day?"

The FBI says this appears to be "street violence" and not linked to terrorism. 

The ATF and Crimestoppers are offering a 10,000 dollar reward for any information that leads to an arrest in this case.

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