Carlos Bates, 29, of Gulfport, and Isiah Major III, 43, of Bay St. Louis both died at the scene, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove told local news media. The victims’ hometowns are near Pass Christian on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Four others were injured.
Police received a call about a fight shortly after the last parade unit completed the route, and officers learned shots had been fired, Hendricks told the newspaper.
The shooting occurred about two blocks north of the parade route in Pass Christian.
About 50,000 people had attended the St. Paul Carnival Association’s parade, Pass Christian Police Chief Tim Hendricks told local media outlets.
Celeste Plaisance told the Sun Herald, “I think I heard 12 shots fired. We thought it was fireworks at first.” She added that when she saw someone had been shot and people were running away, she ran into her mother’s house.
The bodies, covered in yellow sheets, were near her mother’s steps. Police drove through the yard to avoid disturbing police crime scene tape set up to keep bystanders away, she said.
Later Sunday, shots rang out along the Bacchus parade route in New Orleans, although no one was injured, police said. Officers found a handgun in the area and were searching for a suspect or suspects.