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New Orleans shooting along Mardi Gras parade route kills 1

    In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, members of the Phunny Phorty Phellows participate in a night of revelry aboard a streetcar in New Orleans. King's Day is a tradition marking the 12th night after Christmas and the official start of the Mardi season.

NEW ORLEANS » The New Orleans Police Department says one person was killed and another wounded in a shooting along a Mardi Gras parade route in uptown.

Police spokesman Frank Robertson says there was an altercation around 10 p.m. Thursday during which a person produced a gun and shot two people.

Robertson says one victim was struck in the neck and the other in the chest. He says both were taken to a hospital and the one who was shot in the chest, a 21-year-old, died in surgery.

Police said one suspect is in custody and was being questioned. No further details were immediately available.

The shooting occurred during the Muses parade — the traditional kickoff to the Carnival weekend.

The New Orleans Advocate reports officers stationed nearby responded immediately. Barriers were set up, but the parade rolled on.

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