Police in New Orleans investigate French Quarter shooting that injures 2

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NEW ORLEANS — Two people were hurt in a Friday afternoon shooting in New Orleans' busy French Quarter that left workers and visitors rattled.

Police said the two victims' wounds were not life-threatening. Both are believed to have been in a car at the intersection of Conti and Bienville streets about 4:30 p.m. when gunfire broke out. No information was available about any possible suspects or a motive.

Mark Stephens, a front desk worker at the Grenoble House hotel near the scene of the shooting, said he went outside when he heard five or six shots.

"Four-thirty in the afternoon. It's crazy," Stephens said. "Hate to see it so close to home, to us."

Stephens was among witnesses who said the driver of the car tried to drive away after police arrived. The car came to a stop outside the Quarter and the two men were taken away by ambulance.

Mark Brunner, visiting from El Paso, Texas, said he was in a small bookstore when he heard the shots. He said he stayed inside until police showed up.

"I love the Lord. I didn't want to see him in Heaven yet," he said. "You hear gunfire, it's not the smartest thing to run toward it."

It's the latest example of violent crime causing worries in the tourist-dependent city. Last summer, an early morning gunfight on nearby Bourbon Street left one bystander dead and several injured.

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