Costumes, beads and music: Mardi Gras comes to a close

According to New Orleans Police, 21-year-old Eddie Dingle is wanted for second-degree murder after a shooting 2400 block of St. Charles Avenue.

Carnival season started January 6 and comes to a close Fat Tuesday with festivities throughout New Orleans. NOPD homicide detectives identified Dingle as the alleged shooter and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Police have said they were shot in a auto outside a party, and one of them drove several blocks to a gas station after the shooting.

After last year's Mardi Gras, critics had voiced their disapproval of the Comic Cowboys' float signage, and that is believed to be the reason for Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson and City Councilman Joel Daves leaving the organization.

Two afternoon shootings on the parade route started with fights among "friends and known acquaintances", Harrison said during a news conference livestreamed on the department's Facebook page.

Revellers don eclectic costumes for New Orleans Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras shootings leave three dead, several injured in New Orleans

One of the boys was in critical condition after being shot in the head.

New Orleans police are investigating separate fatal shootings Fat Tuesday near the parade route. Police have said he died in a hospital after he got into an argument with another man who pulled a gun.

Crowds of people lined the streets of New Orleans on Tuesday to celebrate Mardi Gras and bring carnival season to a close. Witnesses described a fusillade of bullets. Police tape surrounded the area as dozens of people looked on.

Later Tuesday night police spokeswoman Ambria Washington said five people were shot, two men fatally, before driving to a gas station in the Lower 9th Ward.

The driver managed to drive to a nearby gas station before two people died from their wounds.

  • Jon Douglas