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16 shot, 2 fatally, on Halloween in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sixteen people were shot and at least two killed in a bloody Halloween in New Orleans that included gunfire on Bourbon Street, the tourist hot spot in the French Quarter.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, at a news conference called Tuesday in response to the five separate shootings, said a “culture of violence,” that involved young black men with illegal guns has plagued the city and must be stopped.
“This continues to be a battle for the future of our city,” Landrieu said.
Around midnight, two men started firing at each other on Bourbon Street — near the famous Chris Owens night club. When the gunfire stopped, Albert Glover, 25, of New Orleans, was dead and seven others injured. Police spokesman Garry Flot said the injuries were not life-threatening.
That block of Bourbon Street is usually filled with tourists, drawn to the mixture of clubs, strip joints and stores selling T-shirts, beads and provocative lingerie.
“It was packed, wall -to-wall,” said Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas, who also said over 100 officers were dedicated to the French Quarter and Canal Street for Halloween.
“Police officers were within a few feet when this happened,” he said.
An argument that escalated to a fist-fight and then to gun play, was the apparent motive behind the Bourbon Street shooting. It happened in the heart of the city’s tourist district and could be a blow to one of the city’s economic mainstays.
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau president Steve Perry called the shooting “disgusting and damaging.”

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