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10 wounded in French Quarter after Bayou Classic

A shooting rampage near the famed French Quarter of New Orleans early Sunday left 10 people wounded, revelers from an annual football game scrambling for cover and police in pursuit of at least one "cowardly" gunman.

New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said the shooting erupted on Canal Street near Bourbon Street, an area crowded with tourists and police officers – even at 3:20 a.m. Two of the injured were hospitalized in critical condition.  No officers were among the wounded,  he said.

One person was detained near the scene, but Ferguson said he did not yet know what role, if any, the person had in the shooting. No arrests had been made.

“What happened in our city overnight was a cowardly and senseless act that we cannot and will not tolerate," Ferguson said. "While this investigation is in the very beginning stages, one thing is certain – we will not stop until we identify and arrest those responsible.”

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