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Shooting leaves 2 dead, 5 injured in New Orleans

(Xinhua) Updated: 2014-08-11 15:01

Shooting leaves 2 dead, 5 injured in New Orleans 

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HOUSTON -- The US tourist city of New Orleans saw another deadly shooting Sunday night, with two killed and five others injured, including a pair of toddlers, hours after a shooting at a hotel claimed a life and hurt another, according to local media.

The night shooting happened at a predominately black community where a gunman opened fire on people sitting on the porch of a home, the Times-Picayune reported.

The suspect was driving in his car while firing gunshots. Neighbors told the police that they heard a barrage of at least 15 gunshots.

The drive-by shooting left two teenagers dead at the scene. Five others, including a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, were injured, one of them critically.

Authorities have not released the identities of the victims or a possible motive for the shooting. The suspect remained at large.

Early in the morning, a young man opened fire on one of his friends who were staying in the same room of a hotel, located in the famous tourist district of the French Quarter in downtown New Orleans.

He shot injured the victim and later committed suicide after several hours of standoff with SWAT teams. The gunman was suspected to be under the influence of drugs.

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