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NOPD investigating shooting incident involving security officers near Superdome, suspects flee

"There is no indication at present that the incident was connected to terrorist activity."
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Posted at 12:23 PM, Jan 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-11 14:04:41-05

The New Orleans Police Department investigated overnight a shooting incident near the Superdome.

Police say that shortly after 3 a.m. on Saturday morning, security officers patrolling the area near the Superdome encountered two people on West Stadium Drive attempting to enter an unauthorized area.

When the security team attempted to remove the individuals, at least one opened fire. The shots fired did not injure the security officers, but struck the windshield of a vehicle. After being fired upon, the security officers returned fire. Police added that to their current knowledge, no one was struck.

The two individuals fled and were able to escape pursuit. The NOPD, along with local, state, and federal partners, are all actively investigating the incident and working to secure more information that will lead to an arrest.

"The NOPD is in close communication with security officials at the Dome, with the Louisiana State Police, the FBI and the Secret Service and will continue to actively monitor the situation," a statement released Saturday morning said.

Police are treating the incident with "utmost seriousness," and added that "there is no indication at present that the incident was connected to terrorist activity."

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the NOPD at 504-821-2222 or call Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll free at 1-877-903-STOP.