UPDATED (4:00 pm, pst)… WE’RE GETTING CONFLICTING REPORTS ON THIS STORY:
First report was up to 8 were shot at by police on the bridge. Then Fox reported that those shot were contractors sent to repair the bridge. Now Fox reports:
Police shot and killed some gunmen who had fired upon a group of contractors traveling across a city bridge on Sunday on their way to make repairs.
New Orleans Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley said police shot at eight people, killing five or six.
John Hall, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers (search), said there were 14 contractors on their way to repair a canal. They were traveling across a bridge under police escort when they were fired upon.
Earlier Sunday, New Orleans Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley said police shot at eight people, killing five or six.
They were on their way to launch barges into Lake Pontchartrain (search) to fix the 17th Street Canal, Hall said.
The shootings took place on the Danziger Bridge (search), which spans a canal connecting Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River.
No other details were immediately available.
All sense of reason and sanity appears to be gone in NOLA. A few police and firefighters have been driven over the edge by what they have witnessed. Suicide it is said, is the great unanswered question. Ask anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. The thousands of needless and senseless deaths in NOLA are inexcusable.
When someone is driven this far (both the story above, regardless of the conflicting reports and the one below)… We need to ask, why Mr. President did this civil servant take his own life on your watch?
AFP News reports: Mayor Nagin has said “the toll is just too much for them.” Suicides among New Orleans police, firefighters have been reported.
“Some firefighters and police officers have been pretty much traumatized. And we’ve already had a couple of suicides,” Nagin told CNN.
The mayor said his main priority was to cycle the most fatigued emergency personnel out of the city as soon as possible.
“They need physical and psychological evaluations,” he added.
Once the evacuation of hurricane survivors from the city had been completed, Nagin said the next priority would be the grisly task of harvesting the rotting corpses from the flooded streets and houses.
“I see the same thing I’ve been seeing for six or seven days now. I see destruction. I see despair. I see suffering. I see death,” he said.