February 7, 2016 8:08 pm

2 dead in shooting after Mardi Gras parade

Float riders hand out beads to the crowd as the St. Paul Carnival Association parade rolls through downtown Pass Christian, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.

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PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. – Mississippi police say a shooting after a Mardi Gras parade in Pass Christian has claimed two lives and left four wounded.

Police Chief Tim Hendricks confirmed the number of dead and wounded to WLOX-TV.

Celeste Plaisance tells The Sun Herald she heard about 12 shots Sunday afternoon and thought it was fireworks at first. She says the victims were near her mother’s home off the parade route.

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On Saturday, parade accidents in south Louisiana injured a man and a woman. Police in Lafayette, Louisiana, told local media that a man fell from the top level of a float during a parade there.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, EMS spokesman Mike Chustz tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1QkmxhS ) that a float also hit a pedestrian during the Spanish Town parade.

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