The shooting happened on a busy thoroughfare about 3 miles (4.83 kilometers) from the French Quarter, police said. After the suspects opened fire on the crowd, they fled on foot toward Martin Luther King Jr.
"We want to make sure that the people involved in this don't take matters into their own hands", he emphasized.
The seven victims in the hospital - five men and two women - are being treated for "varying degrees of condition, some more critical than others", New Orleans EMS Director Dr. Emily Nichols said in the press conference. The other six were in various conditions, but none of them had injuries that were believed to be "life-threatening".
"This is an extremely tragic incident", he told reporters.
"A lot of people were here tonight", he said.
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Police say the two suspects who shot into a large crowd of people outside a daiquiri shop at about 8:35 p.m. Saturday, are still at large. "It was very intentional but we don't know right now that its gang related".
Police were called to reports of shots being fired at 9pm (local time).
The earliest case of violence in the block of South Claiborne Avenue is one of the most storied killings in New Orleans history.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting is also unknown. "I speak for everyone in our city when I say we are disgusted, we are infuriated, and we have had more than enough", Cantrell said.