Graffiti gangsters: While all right-thinking Americans were watching the Saints put an asswhipping on the Patriots on Monday night (11.30.09), a gang of graffiti terrorists were wrecking havoc in the French Quarter.
A loosely-knit international group billed as "Reclaim The Streets" was trying to muster a rally protesting the futility of prisons by demanding freedom for rappers "Lil Wayne" and "Lil Boosie", a couple of local punks who've pled guilty to various crimes.
Game casualties?: Hard to tell whether it was poor losers (Southern) or over-exuberant winners (Grambling) after the Bayou Classic football game Saturday afternoon, but by Sunday (11.29.09), 7 men had been shot and one woman stabbed.
- Just before 2 a.m., 2 black dudes, 19 and 28 years old, got into an argument with another dude in the 700 block of Canal Street (between Carondelet Street and St. Charles Avenue). Rather than lose the argument, the lone dude pulled out a pistol and shot each of his adversaries. One was shot several times and the other once in the stomach. Both were in critical condition at LSU Interim Public Hospital.
- Then an hour later, at 3:06 a.m., another argument broke out between 2 men in the 400 block of Bourbon Street (near St. Louis Street) and again, rather than lose an argument, one of them pulled out a gun and started firing. When the smoke had cleared, 5 men, ranging in age from 18 to 33, were left wounded, including a 20-year-old who was shot in the stomach and listed in critical condition at LSU Interim Public Hospital where all the victims were taken.
- The night before (11.28.09) and a block away, 2 black chicks got into it in the 500 block of Bourbon Street (between St. Louis and Toulouse streets) at 11:30 p.m. Apparently acquaintances (but not necessarily friends), the pair got into an argument and the 22-year-old woman felt a pain in her leg and discovered she had been stabbed. She was treated at West Jefferson Hospital and released.