An innocent bystander has been murdered after being caught in the cross-fire of two gunmen in a shoot-out in New Orleans’ late on Saturday night.
Demontris Toliver from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was walking down Bourbon Street with his fiancée and a friend when the men began shooting after arguing in front of other witnesses.
Demontris Toliver was taken to hospital but died of his injuries. Eight other innocent by-standers were injured in the horrific shooting alongside one of the suspects.
Two other victims, who are both in non-life-threatening conditions, say they saw the men who killed Demontris Toliver argue before shots were fired at around 1.30am on Sunday.
Brittany was shot twice in the body and Deoin suffered a broken pelvic bone. Two men have been arrested on gun charges after the shocking incident which city officials described as proof of the city’s growing violence.
‘Unfortunately at around 1.30 last night, a number of different individuals who had no personal responsibility, no regard for their lives or for the lives of other people, decided to get in an argument which resulted in gunfire and the loss of a life of a young man,’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a press conference.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu added: ‘To say the least, this act is unconscionable. This is unacceptable. ‘It continues to put an exclamation point on the death and destruction that gun violence has put on New Orleans streets.’
New Orleans restricts the use of weapons in the French Quarter during festivities, such as Mardi Gras. People had been partying in the area following the Bayou Classic college football event.