Two more men were killed and three others were wounded later Tuesday evening after gunfire erupted outside a house party in the Lower 9th Ward about 8:10 p.m.
After days of parades, balls, king cake and costumes, Fat Tuesday has concluded and the city is entering a period of restraint with Lent.
Families camped out from early in the morning to catch beads and stuffed animals thrown from float riders, while revellers took to the streets in elaborate or amusing costumes evoking Marie Antoinette, president Donald Trump and glamorous vampires. The French Quarter's most famous street, Bourbon Street, and parallel Royal Street were crowded with costumed tourists and locals, many of them stopping each other for photographs.
NEW ORLEANS-A festive close to Mardi Gras was marred by shootings across New Orleans that left three people dead and five others wounded.
Police spokeswoman Ambria Washington said multiple suspects opened fire on a auto with five people inside.
The victims were on a nearby street when multiple suspects opened fire on them, police said.
Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man they say is responsible for a deadly Mardi Gras shooting on St. Charles Avenue.
Washington said authorities did not have a motive at this time. Police are still searching for suspects and have released an image of a suspect taken from surveillance footage. Police tape surrounded the area as dozens of people looked on. There's St. Anne's parade, an eclectic walking parade and the North Side Skull and Bone Gang, which wakes people up and tells children to behave.
Then comes the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, a historically African-American group that parades in blackface and grass skirts.
After last year's Mardi Gras, critics had voiced their disapproval of the Comic Cowboys' float signage, and that is believed to be the reason for Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson and City Councilman Joel Daves leaving the organization.
The first two shootings happened in the afternoon, when fights broke out near the traditional parade route.