Dead in New Orleans as Mardi Gras Celebration Comes to a Close

Revellers don eclectic costumes for New Orleans Mardi Gras

A total of three people were killed and five others were wounded in three separate shootings in New Orleans on Mardi Gras. Revelers took to the streets in elaborate or amusing costumes evoking Marie Antoinette, President Donald Trump and glamorous vampires.

The shooting occurred at about 4:35 p.m. near the intersection of St. Charles and Second Street.

New Orleans police said officers who were already patrolling the parade route responded to the nearby shooting.

Carnival season, which starts on January 6, draws about 1 million visitors and pumps about 840 million dollars (£604 million) into the city's economy, according to the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A juvenile male was shot in the leg. Police said both were male.

Police spokeswoman Ambria Washington said in a news release Tuesday night that initial reports show there were possibly five people shot, two fatally, at a gas station in the 5100 block of St. Claude Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward. The gunfire left a 30-year-old man dead; officials have not released his name. Police Commander Paul Noel said a fight broke out among a group of people and shots were fired. Another victim was transported to the hospital by emergency services and died there. They watched the parades put on by Rex and Zulu as well as the truck parades that roll through the streets afterward. Group members decorated many of their floats this year to commemorate the city's 300th anniversary.

Michael Harrison didn't mince words as he stood at the scene of a second shooting near a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade.

"Mardi Gras should be for everyone from 8 months to 88 years old", Stephens said.

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