12 shot

Atleast 12 people have been shot during a Mother’s Day parade in the US city of New Orleans, BBC reported.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters that 3 to 4 people required surgery but no deaths are reported.

He added that the victims included a 10-year-old girl who suffered a minor wound.

It is uncertain what sparked the shooting, which happened on Sunday afternoon in the city’s 7th Ward. Two or three suspects were seen fleeing the area.

WWL-TV station said 9 of those injured were taken to the city’s University Hospital, of whom 8 had gunshot wounds and one was injured while escaping the shooting.

Superintendent Serpas said about 200 people were in the area at the time of the incident at a second-line parade; a loose procession where people follow a brass band and dance down the street.