At least 11 people reportedly were shot in New Orleans early Sunday. Two people reportedly are in critical condition. Officers were on the scene of the shooting on Canal Street. The investigation is ongoing, according to police. Five people were taken to University Medical Center. Five were brought to Tulane Medical Center. The shooting happened after the Bayou Classic, which draws big crowds to New Orleans.

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Ten people were shot and wounded early Sunday. Hours later in another part of town, another shooting killed two men and wounded two others.

On Monday, police commissioner Shawn Ferguson said five men and five women were wounded in the incidents. The lone suspect who was detained has been released and is not considered to be a suspect, Ferguson said, as reported by The Times-Picayune’s John Simerman.

Both shootings remain under investigation, and a $10,000 reward has been issued by CrimeStoppers for information on the Canal Street shootings.

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“What happened in our city overnight was a cowardly and senseless act that we cannot and will not tolerate,” Ferguson said Sunday. He said New Orleans has seen a significant reduction in violent crime over the past four years.

Ferguson told The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune that a person of interest has been detained, but it was not immediately clear whether the person had any connection to the shooting.

New Orleans police investigate the scene of a shooting Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, on the edge of the city's famed French Quarter.
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The first shootings happened about 3:20 a.m. on a busy commercial block of Canal Street that has streetcar tracks and is near many hotels.

Ferguson said police quickly responded to the scene as patrols were heightened for this weekend’s Bayou Classic, the annual Thanksgiving weekend rivalry football game between Grambling State and Southern University at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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“While this investigation is in the very beginning stages, one thing is certain — we will not stop until we identify and arrest those responsible,” Ferguson said in his statement.

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell also pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“The shootings on Canal Street early this morning were an ugly disruption of an otherwise beautiful holiday weekend. We will do everything we can to wrap the victims and their families in our love and support, and to bring the criminals responsible to justice,” she said via Twitter on Sunday.

New Orleans police investigate the scene of a shooting Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, on the edge of the city's famed French Quarter.
Photo: Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP

Kenneth Culbreth told The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune that he had gone into a CVS pharmacy in the early morning hours to make a quick purchase. Moments later, he walked out to a crime scene.

“On my way out of the CVS, I heard pops," Culbreth said. "It was so many, I couldn’t keep count.”

Culbreth spent the rest of the morning watching the scene, with law enforcement and several emergency vehicles moving in and out at a rapid pace.

New Orleans police investigate the scene of a shooting Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, on the edge of the city's famed French Quarter.
Photo: Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP

Police initially said 10 people were wounded. They later said 11 were wounded, but the police department then sent a statement saying the correct number was 10.

The shooting on Canal Street happened near the spot where 10 people were shot, one of them fatally, on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter on Nov. 27, 2016. One man was convicted of attempted manslaughter and obstruction of justice, but jurors could not reach a verdict on a second-degree murder charge. Another man awaits trial.

The shooting Sunday afternoon that killed two men and wounded two others happened in a residential area about 3 miles north of the French Quarter.

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