30 June 2014
Last updated at 14:24
Authorities are searching for two suspects in a shooting on a famed New Orleans street which injured nine people, among them tourists.
The shooting occurred early on Sunday morning on Bourbon Street, known for its bars, clubs, restaurants and rowdy party culture.
Two young men quarrelled and opened fire on each other, wounding the bystanders, police have said.
At least one unnamed victim was left in a critical condition.
New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas laid the blame on “two cowardly young men trying to hurt each other”.
Authorities have not yet ascertained if the incident was gang-related.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene of people diving for cover into bars, nightclubs and storefronts along the crowded street.
“There were bodies everywhere,” bystander Alexis Primeaux told The Times-Picayune.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu promised a swift police response.
“Our number one priority is to keep New Orleans safe,” he wrote in a statement.
It is the third major shooting along the city’s popular street in the last three years.
In 2011, one person was killed and seven injured after two gunmen opened fire on each other.