Police: More than a dozen shot at New Orleans Mother's Day second-line parade in the city's 7th Ward

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in a Mother's Day second-line parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 17 people, police said.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters at least 17 people were shot during the parade in the city's 7th Ward.

Officials say most of the wounds weren't life-threatening. No deaths were reported.

Serpas told reporters that a 10-year-old girl was grazed in the shooting around 2 p.m. She was in good condition. He said three or four people were in surgery, but he didn't have their conditions.

Officers were interspersed with the marchers, which is routine for such events. As many as 400 people joined in the procession that stretched for about 3 blocks, though only half that many were in the immediate vicinity of the shooting, Serpas said.

Police saw three suspects running from the scene in the city's 7th Ward neighborhood. No arrests had been made as of late afternoon.

It's unclear what sparked the gunfire.

The neighborhood where the shooting happened was a mix of low-income and middle-class row houses, some boarded up. As of last year, the neighborhood's population was about 60 percent of its pre-Hurricane Katrina level.

Police vowed to make swift arrests.

"We'll get them. We have good resources in this neighborhood," Serpas said.

Police are said to be looking for three people in connection with the attack.

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