Ten people have been shot in New Orleans leaving two in critical condition early Sunday morning.
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The shooting happened between 3:20 a.m. to 3:25 a.m. in the 700 block of Canal Street in New Orleans, according to New Orleans Police.
Officers who were already in place for the Bayou Classic football game responded immediately to the shooting after initially thinking they were being fired upon.
The victims were taken to local area hospitals with five going to University Hospital and the other five going to Tulane Hospital. The last person was a walk-in patient. The two people who are in critical condition suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and a gunshot wound to the torso, respectively.
New Orleans Police confirm that they were within feet of the shooting but there were so many people around that it was hard to determine who was firing shots.
A person of interest has been detained but it is unclear if that person had any involvement with the shooting. At this time there is no evidence to suggest the shooting was terror-related.
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Authorities are actively investigating the shooting and are gathering witness statements and surveillance footage.
“When people resort to gun violence to resolve problems, it never creates solutions — only innocent victims and trauma,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement. “The City of New Orleans will not allow incidents like this to derail the progress we have made, or to further disrupt our community.”
The victim’s identities, ages and genders have not yet been disclosed and New Orleans Police say that it is not known how or why the shooting began. No officers were injured in the shooting.
ABC News’ Josh Margolin contributed to this report.
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