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7 hurt in early-morning shooting on Bourbon Street

Police are investigating after seven people were shot on New Orleans' famed Bourbon Street early Sunday.

Police say it happened just before 3:00 Sunday morning. A witness told WWL-TV that it looked like the shooter was intentionally trying to shoot one person and then randomly started firing off shots.

All of the people who were shot were taken to the hospital. Six of the victims are listed in stable condition. The seventh victim is in critical condition.

"This happened near popular tourist attractions including Preservation Hall, Pat O'Brien's. Unfortunately, not the first time we've reported these mass shootings here on Bourbon Street." (Via CNN)

Just last year, NBC reported four people were shot after one of the shooting victims got into an argument with two men on the packed street. The shooting came just three days before Mardi Gras.

As for Sunday morning's shooting, police have not released any information on the suspect.

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