Katie Moore / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS - Police are still trying to figure out who shot eight people at the intersection of St. Louis and Bourbon Streets early Tuesday morning.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu once again called the violence "unnatural” and asked the community for their help in finding the shooter.
By midday Tuesday, the intersection where the shooting took place looked washed down and back to normal. Tourists even took a carriage ride through the intersection. Just hours before, police stood watch on horseback when chaos erupted.
“I was putting my key in the door and I heard pow several times,” said Mark Davison, who lives and works close to where the shots were fired.
“Next thing I knew,I'm standing over a corpse. I avoided blood that was going toward my sneakers,” Davison said.
Security camera footage shows revelers walking down Bourbon Street in their Halloween finest, when suddenly, the crowd scatters.
“I noticed the hot dog man had picked up what looked like a rag doll,” Davison said.
It was the body of 25-year-old Albert Glover, killed in an instant. He was one of eight people shot when someone opened fire in the Mardi Gras-sized crowd.
Police originally said that Glover had exchanged fire with the assailant who got away, but spokeswoman Hilal Williams said they do not believe now that Glover was armed or involved in a shootout. They have not found a gun.
“It's just overwhelming, you know,” Davison said. There are multiple surveillance cameras in the intersection and police are now combing through all the others to see if they can get a clearer picture of who the shooter was.
“In a number of these incidences, there was actually police presence on the scene before they occurred,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu at a news conference late Tuesday morning.
He, Police Chief Ronal Serpas and other city leaders talked about the most horrific of Halloween nights when fifteen people were shot in four separate shootings.Two were killed.
“There were 100 officers dedicated specifically to the French Quarter, Bourbon Street and Canal Street.
Serpas and Landrieu called the shootings in the French Quarter "an anomaly" with many other events regularly carried out successfully.
“What happened on the corner of Bourbon and St. Louis is not anything different from what happens in the neighborhoods of New Orleans every day,” Landrieu said.
They said they're using every technique they know of to try and reduce the murder rate, but for those who end up in or just outside of the cross fire, it’s tough to understand. “Somebody said the party was over and that was gunshots. And that's a shame,” Davison said.
Police said Tuesday they still didn’t know whether the shooter and the victim knew each other in the Bourbon Street shooting.