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Two dead, four injured after gunfire erupts at Mississippi Mardi Gras parade

February 8, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Two dead, four injured after gunfire erupts at Mississippi Mardi Gras parade

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Gunfire broke out at a south Mississipi Mardi Gras parade leaving two people dead and four others wounded in the town of Pass Christian.

Pass Christian is located 45 miles east-northeast of New Orleans, on the Gulf coast with a population of 5,300 people.

The number of fatalities and injured was confirmed by Police Chief Tim Hendricks, who said 50,000 people attended the St. Paul’s Carnival Association parade.

“It’s chaos, We are roping off the area and collecting evidence and trying to deal with traffic,” Hendricks told The Sun Herald. ”

Celeste Plaisance, who attended the parade, described the frantic scene. “I think I heard 12 shots fired. We thought it was fireworks at first, then I saw someone shot, people started running away, I ran into my mom’s house,” Plaisance told the newspaper.

Yellow sheets covered the bodies, which laid near the steps of her mother’s home. Police drove their vehicles across the yard to avoid disturbing the crime scene, which had been cordoned off with yellow tape to keep bystanders away, she said.

The shootings took place one day after parade accidents in south Louisiana injured a man and a woman.

Authorities in Lafayette, Louisiana, told local media that a man fell from the top level of a float during a Mardi Gras parade there.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, EMS spokesman Mike Chustz tells The Advocate that a float also hit a pedestrian during the Spanish Town parade. Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said in an email Sunday that he didn’t know many details about the accident.

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