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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, 8:39 p.m.
 

NEW ORLEANS — Gunshots erupted in a crowd of bead-wearing, drink-carrying late-night revelers on Bourbon Street during the countdown to Mardi Gras, wounding four people and sending bystanders running and screaming.

Hours later on Sunday, though, the same stretch was packed with partiers who said they were not letting the violence dampen their fun.

In a video taken by a witness on Saturday night and released the next day, the shootings are preceded by footage of people standing shoulder to shoulder in New Orleans' famed tourist district, with some holding green plastic cups and wearing gaudy hats or masks. A section of the frame highlighted by police shows people jostling and speaking with angry expressions.

Police wrote in an email that the video depicts an argument involving one of the shooting victims and the gunmen. Two men are seen leaving the argument and returning with a third, then approaching the victim as at least one of the men begins shooting, according to police. Four shots are heard in rapid succession, followed by screams as some in the crowd stagger into one another and a nearby wall. A man whom police identified as one of the suspects is shown walking through the crowd with his arm extended as the gunshots are heard, though it's difficult to make out a weapon.

Police said Sunday that they were seeking the three men.

The shootings wounded two males and two females. One male victim hit in the abdomen, thigh and pelvis was in guarded condition on Sunday after surgery the previous night, New Orleans police spokesman Frank B. Robertson said.

The second male was shot in the buttocks, one female was shot in the chin and right foot, and the second female was shot in the toe, according to Robertson's statement. Those three were in stable condition. No ages or names were released.

The shooting occurred on the last weekend of partying before Mardi Gras, the Fat Tuesday celebration that is the signature tourist event of the year in New Orleans. And for thousands, the partying continued despite the shooting. Parades rolled under cloudy skies on Sunday before crowds of onlookers.

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