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.
Authorities say at least six people were injured in five separate shootings across Washington on October 31, including a juvenile who was shot in the head in Georgetown.
Investigators said the Georgetown victim was shot amid celebrations in the 2800 block of M Street about 11 p.m. Monday. He was hospitalized in grave condition Monday night.
Not long afterwards, a 24-year-old man was arrested in the area for carrying a pistol without a license. Police would not say if the man was a suspect in the shooting.Police say a juvenile also was shot on M Street northeast around 8:30 p.m.
Shortly afterward, officers responded to the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Decatur Street in northwest for a double shooting. Police say a boy was shot in the knee and a woman was shot in the thigh.
Tragedy? No, an epidemic.
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