Second Victim of Shooting at New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Dies

Image: A float passes New Orleans police officers on Thursday
A float passes police officers deployed as part of security measures during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Thursday.JONATHAN BACHMAN / Reuters

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Two men were killed when shots rang out along a Mardi Gras parade route Thursday night, according to police in New Orleans.

Multiple shots were heard about 10 p.m. as the Krewe of Muses parade was in session, authorities said. A 21-year-old victim died at the hospital Thursday night after being shot in a chest, and a 22-year-old victim died at the hospital Friday, according to the New Orleans Police Department. The suspect, John Hicks, 19, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence on a parade route, police said.

Despite the violence, the parade continued as police officers set up barriers around the crime scene, NBC station WDSU reported.

A float passes police officers deployed as part of security measures during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Thursday.JONATHAN BACHMAN / Reuters

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