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Two slain, five hurt in New Orleans shooting in US

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 11:58

New Orleans (US): A shooting in a New Orleans neighborhood that has struggled with crime since being ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 left two people dead and five others wounded, including a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, police said. The children and another victim from the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood were in critical condition after yesterday`s shooting, and two other people were stable, police spokesman Frank Robertson said. He didn`t immediately release any other information, including a possible motive for the shooting. The Lower Ninth, a predominantly black neighborhood less than 8 kilometers from the bustling tourist district of the French Quarter, was overwhelmed by Hurricane Katrina`s floods in 2005. It has been one of the slowest parts of the city to recover because many homeowners couldn`t afford insurance. In a separate, unrelated spate of violence, a 20-year-old man shot a friend last morning inside a hotel room at the edge of the Quarter, then killed himself after a three-hour standoff with police, authorities said. Those shootings happened in a 17th-floor room at The Westin on Canal Street, where four friends from the Lafayette area were staying together for the weekend, Robertson said in a news release.

First Published: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 15:30
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