New Orleans police are still searching for two men who exchanged gunfire on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.

Nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who are in critical condition.

Images captured from a surveillance camera above a bar showed people running down the street in the chaos of the shooting at 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas said six victims were hospitalized in stable condition. 

The other victim's condition wasn't available. Some of them were tourists. Their names weren't immediately released.

New Orleans police are investigating a shooting on Bourbon Street that injured nine people, two critically. Two men opened fire, injuring bystanders.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says three officers were patrolling the area when gunfire erupted early Sunday morning.

He says it started with two men arguing, then opening fire. He says eyewitnesses are being interviewed and video surveillance tapes are being reviewed. The shooting was only a few blocks from Jackson Square and among several popular bars on the crowded street.

New Orleans police have apprehended a man suspected of killing an officer.
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The New Orleans Police department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night, the department announced in a press release.

The checkpoint will begin at approximately 9 p.m. on the night of June 26, and last until about 5 a.m. the nest morning. NOPD is required to disclose the existence of checkpoints ahead of time, but not their location.

Drivers are advised to have proper documentation on them, such as a driver's license and proof of insurance, but should only experience minimal delays.

New Orleans police have apprehended a man suspected of killing an officer.
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The New Orleans Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 19, the department said in a press release.

The checkpoint will last until approximately 5 a.m. Friday morning. Drivers are cautioned to have proper documentation, including proof of insurance and a driver's license, and should only experience minimal delays.

"I would like to remind all drivers to always drink responsibly and use a designated driver," NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas was quoted as saying.

Kate Richardson

Federal officials and citizens alike have been calling on the New Orleans Police Department to hire more officers and rethink its approach to handling 911 calls for service. In response, city officials have lifted some restrictions on residency and former drug use to join NOPD. Right now the department has about 1,150 officers, and hopes to add at least a hundred more by year's end.

NOPD is also actively recruiting potential candidates with events like a recent job fair at Langston Hughes Academy.

New Orleans police have apprehended a man suspected of killing an officer.
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Requirements are changing to join the New Orleans Police Department.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting the Civil Service Commission has relaxed the department’s drug policy. Applicants no longer have to declare a life that’s been free of past illegal drug use.

The change coincides with a shift adopted by the FBI about seven years ago.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says the rule change reflects that some otherwise qualified applicants may have used some illegal drugs in the past.

New Orleans is making progress toward losing the "murder capital" label. For a second straight year, homicides declined in the city, in keeping with a nationwide trend.

For African-Americans in the city, though, the numbers are less comforting. Of the nearly 350 killings in the past two years, 91 percent of the victims have been black. It's a cycle that's worrisome to the city's African-American community — and law enforcement.

Mallory Falk

Last year's federal NOPD consent decree exposed long-running tensions between the New Orleans Police Department and the community. One group is trying to change the relationship between officers and civilians.

It's St. Joseph's night. A big crowd gathers in Central City, watching the Mardi Gras Indians pass. Simone Levine is in the crowd, but she's not just admiring the intricate costumes. Levine is an Independent Police Monitor, the civilian agency which oversees the New Orleans Police Department.

Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is emergency response time in Orleans Parish.

In March, more than one in 10 calls to 911 went unanswered within 40 seconds.

Janaya Williams / WWNO

Weapons will become raw materials for artists in a project getting underway in New Orleans.

City officials and artists gathered Wednesday at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery to announce a project called "Guns in the Hands of Artists."

On the floor of the gallery were parts of 186 guns removed from the streets of New Orleans through the police department's gun buyback program.

Artist Skylar Fein said that in his eyes, the guns are already art.