TODAY   |  May 13, 2013

19 injured in New Orleans parade shooting

Gunfire erupted at a parade to celebrate Mother’s Day, injuring 19, including two 10-year-old kids. Police are searching for three people seen running from the scene. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports.

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>> wounded in the gunfire at the parade in new orleans . nbc's gabe gutierrez has more.

>> reporter: today in new orleans a manhunt is under way after a mother's day celebration ended in chaos.

>> we were all just standing out and shots started ringing out and everybody started running.

>> reporter: the gunfire erupted at a parade where there was a police presence. no one was killed but at least 19 people were wounded, many grazed by bullets, a 10-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl are among the injured. police are now searching for three people seen running from the scene.

>> it appeared that these two or three people just for a reason unknown to us started shooting at, towards or in the crowd.

>> reporter: this shooting comes after similar incidents at public events in new orleans earlier this year, in january, five people were shot after a martin luther king day parade.

>> it really needs to stop.

>> reporter: and before mardi gras on bourbon street four people were hurt when gunmen opened fire.

>> it's important for us to change the culture of death on the streets of new orleans to a culture of life and it's going to take an all hands on deck approach.

>> reporter: as for the most recent shooting police aren't sure whether certain people in the crowd were targeted or the gunshots were random. either way the violence hard to take in on mother's day. for "today," gabe gutierrez, nbc news.