An annual Mardi Gras parade saw tourists, locals, and political figures enjoying the Sunday afternoon in Jeanerette, Louisiana. However, the day turned dark when a shooting left one man dead and put another in hospital.
On Sunday, February 4, 2018, a shooting occurred during the Mardi Gras Parade in Jeanerette, Louisiana. One man was killed and another man was sent to the hospital.
Maj. Wendell Raborn, a spokesman from the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s office, told The Daily Iberian that the shooting happened Sunday roughly around 4 p.m. at Krewe of Ezana’s annual Mardi Gras parade in Jeanerette. The incident took place at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Monnot Road.
The bodies of the shooting victims were found by the Jeanerette City Marshal’s Office. One man had been shot in the chest and other man was suffering from a gun shot wound in his leg.
When discovered, both men were taken to the hospital. The victim who was shot in the leg went to a local hospital for treatment. There has been no update on his condition. The victim who was shot in the chest was immediately airlifted to a hospital located in Lafayette, where he was later pronounced dead.
The police are continuing to investigate what happened. No suspects have been announced. They are speaking to witnesses who may give some insight as to why the shooting occurred in the first place.