Shooting kills one at Mardi Gras parade

A masked lady throws beads from a float during the St. Andrews Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, February 7, 2015, in St. Andrews, Fla. (AP Photo/Heather Leiphart, The News Herald)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – One person was killed and another wounded along the route of a Mardi Gras parade Thursday night, police said, but the popular event rolled on.

About 10 p.m., a person produced a gun and shot the two people during the Muses parade, police spokesman Frank Robertson said.

A suspect was in custody, and a weapon was recovered nearby. Police didn’t release any other details.

Angela Matherne, of Thibodaux, was taking in the parade — the traditional kickoff to Carnival weekend — with family when the shooting happened a block away. Matherne told The Associated Press that she didn’t hear anything “but saw people running in our direction and police in the opposite.”

Matherne said the parade kept going and she didn’t realize there had been a shooting until later, when she left the route.

Officers stationed nearby responded immediately and barriers were set up, but the parade rolled on, The New Orleans Advocate reported.

One victim was struck in the chest and died in surgery, Robertson said. The other was struck in the neck and was in the hospital.

The city will host several parades daily through Mardi Gras, which is Tuesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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