A shooting near New Orleans' French Quarter left 10 people injured early Sunday, as the city was busy with fans attending the annual Bayou Classic football game.
New Orleans police officers near the 700 block of Canal Street, at the edge of the city's French Quarter, heard gunshots around 3:20 a.m., police said. They then found 10 people with gunshot wounds, who were taken to local hospitals, police superintendent Shaun Ferguson said.
Police initially said an 11th victim later arrived at a hospital with an injury, but by Sunday afternoon, investigators corrected the number of victims to 10.
Two of the victims are in critical condition, one with a gunshot wound to the chest and the other to the torso, Ferguson told reporters Sunday morning.
Ferguson added extra officers were on patrol in the area overnight because of crowds for Saturday's annual game between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars. When shots first rang out, officers were so close they thought they were being fired upon, he said.
One person was detained near the scene, but no one has been arrested as of early Sunday morning. The street was so crowded at the time of the shooting that officers couldn't immediately identify a suspect or suspects, Ferguson said.
A witness told New Orleans's Fox 8 that the multiple gunshots began suddenly.
"It scared everybody," she said. "It scared the cops because they just came out of nowhere."
On Twitter, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell thanked police for their quick response.
"The shootings on Canal Street early this morning were an ugly disruption of an otherwise beautiful holiday weekend," she said. "We will do everything we can to wrap the victims and their families in our love and support, and to bring the criminals responsible to justice."