NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday on the city's always-crowded Bourbon Street and nine people were shot in the crossfire.
Two victims were critically wounded. The shooting occurred at 2:45 a.m. Police and emergency workers responded immediately and attended to victims as other revelers looked on.
New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas says six victims are hospitalized in stable condition. The other victim's condition was not available. Some of them were from out of town, but their names have not been released.
The victims were shot two blocks from historic Jackson Square and just around the corner from the popular Pat O'Brien's piano bar.
Serpas says at a news conference in the French Quarter that the victims were shot "by two cowardly young men trying to hurt each other."
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Sunday pledged a swift response from law enforcement.
Police have not determined whether the shootings might be gang-related.