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Person of interest interviewed, released in Canal Street brawl


Detectives have interviewed and released a man they were calling a person of interest in connection with a Saturday night fight and shooting on Canal Street.

Police said invitations went out on social media sites for young people to come to Canal Street on Saturday.

While it's unclear who sent the message for the unofficial gathering, it seemed to get the attention of a lot of young people. At about 7 p.m., a fight broke out inside of McDonald's in the 700 block of Canal Street.

"We just heard a bunch of screaming. I was inside of the Visitor Center where I work," said Mike Beck.

Police said McDonald's employees broke up the fight, but it didn't end there. The fight continued outside.

Mike Beck grabbed his cell phone and started recording what was going on.

"There was a good 75 people out here, probably all under the age of 18," said Beck.

Other people also captured cell phone video that would eventually be released by the New Orleans Police Department. Detectives said they found the video posted on social media sites.

"Punches were getting thrown and then it just blew out into a 10-man fight where people were screaming," Beck said.

After the fight moved to the middle of Canal Street, someone pulled out a gun and started shooting.

An 18-year-old girl was grazed in the leg and she ran to PJ's Coffee across the street. An ambulance later picked her and brought her to the hospital. She's expected to make a full recovery.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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