New Orleans police shoot gunmen

Police shot eight people carrying guns on a New Orleans bridge today, killing five or six, a deputy chief said.

Police shot eight people carrying guns on a New Orleans bridge today, killing five or six, a deputy chief said.

A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers said the victims were trying to shoot contractors on their way to repair a canal.

The contractors were walking across a bridge on their way to launch barges into Lake Pontchartrain to fix the 17th Street Canal, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Corps.

Earlier today, New Orleans Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley said police shot at eight people, killing five or six.

The shootings took place on the Danziger Bridge, which spans a canal connecting Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River.

No other details were immediately available.

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