Shot in a Mother’s Day second-line parade in Seventh WardOne of nineteen people injured by gunfire from three shooters in a Mother’s Day parade on Sunday, May 12, was Gambit  correspondent Deborah Cotton. Also injured were at least two small children. Three other people suffered more serious wounds, though no fatalities have been reported yet. The incident occurred in the Seventh Ward near North Claiborne and Elysian Fields. (Click here  for NOLA.com map/graphic.) Ms. Cotton, a Los Angeles native who moved to New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina (2005), writes about and videotapes second line culture, Mardi Gras Indians, brass bands, and social aid and pleasure clubs for Gambit under the pen name “Big Red” Cotton. She recently established the web site New Orleans Good Good  to promote all that is “good good” about her adopted city. Cotton spoke in an interview  in May 2012 about the toll that street (gun) violence has taken on New Orleans (video above).
“I believe that it can be prevented. We are just not being smart and strategic about how to address this in a systematic way. . . . Every six months someone you know, a friend of someone or a family member of someone you know is murdered. After a while it begins to really tear at you internally. I feel that we’re at the point where we cannot not fix this anymore.
“. . . the overarching problem is the lack of education and resources and employment opportunities for young people, especially young black men, and just the history of oppression and political corruption that has taken resources and opportunities meant for some of the most vulnerable, the most at-risk people in our community and diverted those resources and opportunities to self-serving folks in leadership who are supposed to be doling out those resources [to those in need], and so we’re seeing the results of that here.”Deborah Cotton was taken to Interim LSU Hospital  for surgery and was said to be in guarded but stable condition as of Monday night. Here is her last tweet before going to the parade: 
*Gambit is organizing a benefit; details will be announced soon. Gambit advises  readers: “If you have any information about the shooting, call Crimestoppers . You don’t have to give your identity and you may still be eligible for a cash reward. As of tonight, Crimestoppers is offering a $10,000 aggregate reward for information. Call 504-822-1111.” Click here  for a map by Alejandro de los Rios showing where the shootings happened in relation to the second line parade route, and a map of other assaults in New Orleans on Sunday.