NEW ORLEANS – Ten victims were hit by gun shots in some way, shape or form Sunday morning on Bourbon Street.
The media has been told that at least one of them remains in critical condition and that six have been released from the hospital.
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Sometimes the toll taken on those listed as being ‘stable’ is not public knowledge. The listing of stable might give the public the idea that everything is OK.
"The West Australian" newspaper has a story about a 21-year-old from that country who was celebrating the end of her college studies with a friend that night. It was their third night in the Quarter and it was disturbed by the hail of gunfire.
Amy Matthews told the paper that she didn’t even know she had been hit, she thought that someone’s flailing arms had struck her in the mouth. After running for her life, she realized her mouth was full of blood and loose teeth.
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The paper quotes Matthews as saying she only has 10 teeth remaining and that her tongue was ripped in several places. Her palate shattered.
She considers herself lucky, though she is going to be on a liquid diet for at least six weeks.
She said a group of Marines came to her aid, talking to her and keeping her calm. She hopes to fly home this weekend.