'12 shot at Mother's Day event in US city'

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As many as 12 people were shot during a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans, on May 12, 2013.

At least 12 people have been shot at a Motherâ„¢s Day parade in the US city of New Orleans, police officials have said, adding that three of the victims are in a critical condition.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said that the shooting happened about 2 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Frenchmen and Villere streets in the city’s 7th Ward, The Associated Press reported.

Serpas said a 10-year-old child was among the victims.

Police said they believe three suspects were involved in the shooting but did know what sparked the shooting.

There were about 300 people at the event when gunfire erupted. However, there were no reports of fatalities.

There have been several deadly shootings across the United States over the past months, putting the issue of lax gun control laws back in the spotlight.

Every year, more than 30,000 people are shot and killed in the US.

The US averages 87 gun deaths each day as a function of gun violence, with an average of 183 injured, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the Centers for Disease Control.

The year 2012 has been a record-setting year for gun sales in the US.

About 4.5 million firearms are sold annually in the United States at a cost of 2 to 3 billion dollars.

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This article originally appeared on : Press TV