One person has died and a further nine have suffered injuries in a shooting in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

The incident happened on historic Bourbon Street, which is famous for its bars and nightlife and is a mecca for locals and tourists alike.

Arrests

Currently, police say they have no idea what the motive for the shooting could have been, although officers with the New Orleans Police Department say they have arrested two men at the scene. One of those arrested had been injured himself during the incident.

There are eight male and two female victims, who are all aged between 20 and 37. A man was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead, although he has not yet been named. It is not known yet what the extent of the injuries are as the police would only say that people were in “varying conditions”.

Police had already stepped up foot patrols in the area as the Bayou Classic, which is a yearly college football game, was going on at a sports stadium nearby.

Superintendent Michael Harrison said: “This was not the place or time to bring firearms to the Bayou Classic. This is not something that should’ve happened.” He also said that his, and the whole force’s, thoughts and prayers were with the victims and their loved ones.

Another eight firearms arrests were made by police over a day-long period in the French Quarter and police described it as disappointing that people brought guns even thought they were asked not to. Mr Harrison said that police had made it clear that it was not okay to bring guns to the French Quarter during any event.

Meanwhile, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu said that the shooting was unacceptable, adding that it was a heartbreaking, tragic end to what should have been a beautiful weekend.