17 injured in New Orleans Mothers Day parade shooting

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Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 6:40pm

 

Abdul Aziz believes he was standing right next to a shooter Sunday when gunmen opened fire at a parade in New Orleans, injuring 17 people.

"Everyone around me, except me, was shot," he said. "I was pretty fortunate to get away."

Aziz, 33, a photojournalist, was at the parade when shooting started at the corner of Frenchman Street and North Villere Street.

"We turned off of a main thoroughfare to a smaller residential street and that's when the shots rang out. I was standing, I believe, right next to the shooter. I saw muzzle flash, but unfortunately I didn't get a chance to see who the shooter was," he said.

People panicked and ran.

Aziz, who has worked in the Middle East, started taking pictures.

He sent those images to CNN iReport.

"It's a little jarring when you see these types of things on the home front," he said. "I'm sad. I love this city. We're plagued by crime, and it's just not getting better no matter what we do."

Remi Braden, a police spokeswoman, said that a young girl was among the 17 people who were injured. The girl suffered a graze wound to her side.

No one suffered injuries that are believed to be life-threatening.

"This is an extremely unusual occurrence, and we're confident that we will make swift arrests," Braden said.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told CNN affiliate WVUE that it appears "two or three people just, for a reason unknown to us, started shooting at, towards, or in the crowd."

No suspects are in custody.

Serpas asked anyone with information to call authorities.

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