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New Orleans Mayor Landrieu avoids re-election runoff

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu won enough votes on Saturday to avoid a runoff in his re-election bid, the Times-Picayune newspaper and other local media projected.

Landrieu had 65 percent of the vote against two challengers with 50 percent of precincts reporting, according to preliminary results from the website of the Louisiana Secretary of State. He needs over 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff election.

Police name suspect in New Orleans shootings

New Orleans police have identified a suspect in connection with a shooting at a Mother's Day parade that left 19 people injured, including two children.

Police said the suspect, 19-year-old Akein Scott, remained at large but had been identified by multiple tips as the shooter.

Ten men, seven women, and a girl and a boy both age 10, were hit when gunmen opened fire at the parade on Sunday. Police said a motive for the shooting was unknown.


Police: 19 injured in New Orleans parade gunfire

Nineteen people including two young children were shot when gunfire erupted at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans, police said.

Shots rang out at 1:45 p.m. local time on Sunday as the second line of the parade passed the 1400 block of Frenchmen Street in the city, New Orleans Police Department spokesman Garry Flot said.

Ten men and seven woman were shot along with a 10-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy. The children were grazed and are in good condition, Flot said in a statement.

"Many of the victims were grazed some by bullets that ricocheted," he said.

Two victims are undergoing surgery, according to Flot.

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