Police Hot On The Trail Of New Orleans Shooter

by
Owen Poindexter
Police are hot on the trail of the man who opened fire at a Mother's Day festival in New Orleans, wounding nineteen bystanders. Video stills and ballistic evidence are helping identify the shooter.


Police have circulated this among several other images of the New Orleans shooter in the hopes that someone can help identify him. The shooter wounded 19 people at a Mother's Day parade. IMAGE: Reuters

Police are hot on the trail of the man who opened fire at a Mother's Day festival in New Orleans, wounding nineteen bystanders.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said investigators were making significant progress using ballistic evidence from the secen of the crime. We have "very good leads to work on," he said.

"I can assure whoever did this we know a lot more about you than you think we do. And my recommendation to you is to collect yourself and turn yourself in," said Serpas.

If that works, it could revolutionize crime fighting.

Police are also hoping for help from the public in identifying the shooter from a grainy video. There are also a number of witnesses that could help identify the suspect.

Witness Jarrat Pytell, a medical student, said he "saw the guy on the corner, his arm extended, firing into the crowd."

"He was obviously pointing in a specific direction; he wasn't swinging the gun wildly," Pytell said.

Pytell said he tended to several victims of the attack after the shooter ran off.

Parades in New Orleans are developing an unfortunate reputation. Five were wounded at a drive-by shooting at this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, and four more were injured in a gun fight in the days leading up to Mardi Gras.

At least guns will be harder to get for felons and mentally unstable people since Congress approved an expansion in background ch...oh wait, never mind. Congress is too afraid of the gun lobby to approve that or limits on magazine capacity.

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