NEW ORLEANS -- Residents helped police nab the suspects in Sunday's second-line shooting. Now the community is rallying to help the victims of that tragic event.
"We felt helpless just absolutely disheartened and helpless," said New Orleans Musicians Clinic & Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) President Bethany Bultman about the shooting that injured 20 people.
The foundation has recruited musicians to play at the Spotted Cat on Frenchmen Street next Wednesday to support those showing up to give blood.
"Replacement for the blood used by the 19 victims. It's also saying that if the community comes together and works together we can make things better," said Bultman, referring to the blood drive scheduled about seven blocks from where the 7th Ward shooting erupted.
NOMAF and Offbeat Magazine are teaming up with local business owners and artists to help the victims of Sunday's second-line shooting. Two blood mobiles provided by Blood Center of Louisiana will be parked on Frenchmen Street. Organizers say the location was chosen to reflect the city's vibrant music culture including second lines.
"We're not succeeding in that if people are reluctant to go out. Reluctant to go to Frenchmen Street where it happened and reluctant to participate in community activities because that's what New Orleans is about," said Bultman.
Social networking sites are also abuzz with details of "The 19 Benefit" fundraiser.
"Unfortunately, it was a tragic event that got the flame ignited in the community. But we would like to keep the flame burning for victims," said Silence Is Violence Executive Director Tamara Jackson who is working with The Gambit to host a benefit concert next Thursday at Tipitina's Uptown.
Organizers say every dollar will go to help the 19 people injured in the Mother's Day shooting. Small yet siginificant ways to show those victims that New Orleans cares.
"Its important that victims receive supportive services and that their voices don't go unheard and that these crimes are recognized and justice is served for all victims of violent crime," said Jackson.
The blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside the Spotted Cat.
The 19 Benefit fundraiser concert is scheduled for Thursday, May 23 at Tipitina's on Napoleon Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m.