New Orleans Police Fatally Shoot Gunmen

September 4,2005 - Posted at 7:05 p.m. CDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -  New Orleans police say they shot and killed gunmen who had fired upon a group of contractors traveling across a city bridge while on their way to make repairs. New Orleans Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley says police shot at eight people, killing five or six of them.

A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers says there were 14 contractors on their way to repair a canal. They were traveling across a bridge under police escort when they were fired upon. The contractors were on their way to launch barges into Lake Pontchartrain to fix the 17th Street Canal. The shootings took place on the Danziger Bridge, which spans a canal connecting Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River.

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