A 36-year-old man from Metairie was wounded in a shooting near the Uptown New Orleans parade route at St. Charles St and Napoleon Ave. Police stated that the victim was shot when a gun discharged inside a portable toilet on the Napoleon neutral ground, but the gunman was not immediately found.
Witnesses said the victim had been watching the parade on Napoleon at about 2:30 p.m. when a gunshot rang out. Several people saw the man crumple on the neutral ground and spotted blood streaming from his side.
Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said investigators located a hole, consistent with a bullet exit point, on the toilet’s side and found gunshot residue inside the toilet. Though “not conclusive,” Harrison said, that evidence, plus statements from witnesses, corroborated the hypothesis that a gun had fired from within the toilet.
Harrison said the victim told police he had not argued with anyone during the parade, and witnesses also said they had not seen him arguing with anyone or instigating anything that would suggest a motive for the shooting. Harrison described the shooting an “accidental discharge.” Police have not found a weapon, he added.
Several police officers arrived within a minute of the shooting and rushed the victim to a first-aid station about 100 feet from the intersection, Harrison said. He described the victim’s condition as “guarded”. Police have not identified the man.
Crime scene tape blocked a section of riverbound Napoleon at St. Charles. The Tucks parade stopped for about 15 minutes, then resumed as police investigated.
The shooting came on Carnival’s peak weekend and followed stern warnings from Harrison and Mayor Mitch Landrieu for revelers to keep guns away from parades. It also came a week after a gunfire wounded two people near the parade Uptown route at Lee Circle.
However just because something like this occurs does not mean it is a certainty for guns to go off at all events, obviously. If this person had read our article about how to handle guns in bathrooms, there may not have even been an incident to begin with.