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9 shot in New Orleans tourist area

NEW ORLEANS — Nine people were shot and injured after being caught in the crossfire when a gun battle erupted between two men on Bourbon Street in the celebrated French Quarter, police said.

Two people were in critical condition after the early Sunday shooting, said New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas. Six others were hospitalized in stable condition. The remaining victim’s condition was not available.

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The victims were shot two blocks from historic Jackson Square and just around the corner from the popular Pat O’Brien’s piano bar. Preservation Hall, a music venue dedicated to preserving New Orleans jazz, is also nearby.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Sunday pledged a swift law-enforcement response. ‘‘Our No. 1 priority is to keep New Orleans safe,’’ Landrieu said. ‘‘These kinds of incidents will not go unanswered . . . I am confident that between video evidence and eyewitness accounts, we will bring the perpetrators to justice.’’

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