New Orleans feels like the most Halloween-ish cities in America.
Not in a cheesy way, but in the darkly macabre, ghouls around every turn sort of way. If Salem, Mass., has become a commodity celebration of Halloween, then New Orleans is seeped in the traditional roots of the holiday: ghosts, scary frights, a haunting among the old buildings, and evil spirits.
On Monday night, drunken Halloween revelry in New Orleans turned into more trick than treat after four separate shooting incidents left two people dead and 13 injured. The first incident occurred just after midnight on Bourbon Street near the Chris Owens nightclub, police reported. They believe two men began firing at one another and eight people were caught in the crossfire.
“We were all upstairs having a good time,” Rob Ratcher, of North Carolina, told WWLTV. “It sounded like firecrackers.” People began running for cover, the scene turned chaotic, but surprisingly some were oblivious to the gunfire and attempted to continue their partying ways.
One of the people caught in the shooting was an unnamed 25-year-old man who died at a nearby hospital. Another person was shot in the hip, but the others suffered non-threatening injuries.
Around 4 a.m., a third incident later left another person wounded near North Prieur and Spain streets.
Around 5:30 a.m., in a fourth shooting, two people were shot in the 1200 block of Louisa Street, near St. Claude Avenue.
Tragedies aside, that’s how you celebrate Halloween. Go big or go home. The Big Easy is not to be trifled with on Halloween. Good thing there wasn’t a full moon last night.