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Pass Christian Police asking public's help with shooting investigation

PASS CHRISTIAN -- About 1,000 to 1,500 people were around the area of Sunday's fatal shootings after the St. Paul Carnival Association Mardi Gras parade. Police say they want to hear from and anyone who saw anything or videotaped what happened.

Police Chief Tim Hendricks, at a news conference Monday, said the shooting was not racially motivated, or related to terrorism, as national media outlets had wondered, and it was not associated with the parade.

Police learned of the shooting about 15 minutes after the parade ended.

Evidence at the scene indicates that the shots were fired from two guns, the chief said.

Hendricks said three survivors of the shooting were taken to a hospital and a fourth later showed up at a hospital. Two have been released. Hendricks said some of victims who were shot are believed to be innocent bystanders.

"It does appear there were some innocent folks who were hit be errant rounds, if you will," he said.

Mayor Chipper McDermott said he is pleased with the way police and others responded to the shooting and he has full confidence in them.

"We had a great day," McDermott said, "and then this."

SunHerald.com will update this story.

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