NEW ORLEANS - In the wake of a bloody early morning of celebrating marred by violence, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the city is using all crime-fighting tools at its disposal to try to stem the violence.
"To the criminals, we're going to catch you and we're going to arrest you," he said at a hastily-called press conference.
Landrieu made the comments after 16 people were shot in five incidents during which two people were killed. In one incident on Bourbon Street, an apparent shootout between two young men left eight people shot, one killed.
"Young African-American males being killed by young African-American males is a tragedy," he said.
Both Landrieu and Police Chief Ronal Serpas said most of the shootings early Tuesday morning came as police officers were within a few hundred feet of the area.