Parade returns to scene of Mother's Day shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club in New Orleans will be holding its annual Mother's Day parade again Sunday in New Orleans' 7th Ward.

The celebration ended abruptly last year when a spray of bullets turned joy and music into panic and bloodshed.

Nineteen people were hit by gunfire, and another person was injured in the stampede of panicked parade-goers. Nobody was killed, but the city's image took another hit from violent crime.

Nine people face federal gun and drug charges in connection with the shooting, including the two men identified by police as the gunmen. Authorities believe the shooting was linked to drug and gun activity. The trial is set for June.

One man who says he's planning to be back at the parade on Sunday, Terry Gable, says it's important to make a statement that "we're not going to let that type of activity take over our community."

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APPHOTO LAORS101: FILE - In this Sunday, May 12, 2013, file photo, Superintendent Ronal Serpas, left, supervises as New Orleans police officers investigate the scene at the intersection of Frenchmen and N. Villere Streets after authorities say gunfire injured at least a dozen people, including a child, at a Mother's Day second-line parade in New Orleans. The parade will return on Sunday, May 11, 2014, after ending abruptly last year after the shooting. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Michael DeMocker, File) (12 May 2013)

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