By Aglaia Staff

At least 10 people were rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds after gunfire erupted inside the Bunny Friend Park in the Upper Ninth Ward on Sunday night, New Orleans Police Department officials said.

NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble confirmed 16 were injured at the park. He could not confirm, however, whether all of those injured received gunshot wounds.

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Visit New Year’s Eve night at Jackson Square, New Orleans, with mounted New Orleans police. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Officers were dispatched to the park to shut the gathering down, Harrison said. “They were a block away when they heard gunshots and were flagged down” from there. EMS appeared on the scene soon after, he said.

One witness, a nurse who declined to be named citing safety concerns, said the shooting began at around 6 p.m. and continued for three to four minutes. “It was like New Year’s Eve all over again,” she said.

Multiple witnesses said they saw a man with a silver-colored machine gun fleeing the scene toward Louisa Avenue. They said the gunfire continued inside the park as the man ran away.

After the shooting, witnesses described several gunshot victims lying in the middle of Gallier Street and Desire Street as EMS responders administered to them.

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