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Mayor Landrieu urges public for information on Bourbon Street shooting

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Speaking to the press for the first time since 10 people were shot on Bourbon Street, Mayor Landrieu expressed his disgust at the culture of violence in New Orleans.

During a press conference Tuesday, Landrieu and NOPD Supt. Ronal Serpas urged the public to come forward with information on the shooting.

"What happened is infuriating, it makes you want to scream or cry or both," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The mayor didn't mince words when it comes his feelings about the shooting that wounded ten people on Bourbon.

"This is a humanitarian crisis. It's not in some faraway nation but it's here in our streets, in our neighborhoods, in our homes," he said.

Newly released video Tuesday shows a clearer picture of one of the persons of interest in the case. The man in the black shirt was caught on several surveillance cameras walking through the Quarter. Police haven't released a description of the other person they're looking for.

"We're making headway, we're getting good tips through Crime Stoppers and good work through detectives following up on leads," explained Chief Serpas.

But they need more tips. Crime Stoppers is making it as enticing as possible for anyone with information to come forward.

"If you can just give us the weapon, the gun, give us the gun that can be linked to this crime -we get that gun, you're going to get $1,000," said Crimestoppers CEO Darlene Cusanza.

Typically, the organization pays for information leading to the arrest and indictment of a suspect. But in this case, $2,500 will be given to anyone who can provide enough to allow cops to simply arrest the gunman.

"For those of you that are holding on to information under the guise of protecting individuals in your community who have perpetrated violence in our streets under the concept of no snitching or stop snitching, let me tell you something - that is the handiwork of the devil," said U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite.

Serpas Tuesday defended the quick response time of his officers to the shooting. He says 27 officers worked in the Eighth District at the time of the violence.

"There were nine working on Bourbon Street, four on foot beat and five on mounted. The other officers were in cars working throughout the Eighth District in total," said Serpas.

But Mayor Landrieu admits, more police officers are needed. He's currently exploring different avenues that would provide more funding to make that happen.

One of the things Landrieu asked Govenor Jindal to consider is rededicating one penny of the hotel, motel tax from the convention center to pay for more officers. But that would require a change in the law, which isn't something that could happen overnight.

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