NEW ORLEANS – A shooting into a New Orleans crowd on Saturday evening left three people dead and seven others injured, authorities said. And two suspects are on the loose.

The gunfire broke out around 8:30 p.m. local time outside Chicken & Watermelon, a restaurant on South Claiborne Avenue – about 3 miles from the French Quarter, the Times-Picayune reported.

Two individuals wearing “hooded-style” clothing, one with a handgun and the other with a shotgun, opened fire on a crowd of people, FOX 8 New Orleans reported.

Afterward, the suspects fled on foot, the report said.

Of the injured, three were transferred to a local hospital by ambulance. Another four people arrived by private means, an EMS spokesman said. Police described one victim in critical condition undergoing emergency surgery. The other six are being treated for what is described as non-life threatening wounds.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement that she would “dedicate every resource necessary to ending this horror and seeing justice done.”

“There is no place in New Orleans for this kind of violence,” the mayor’s statement said. “I speak for everyone in our City when I say we are disgusted, we are infuriated, and we have had more than enough. Three more lives — gone. It has to end. This happened near my neighborhood, on the edge of Broadmoor. It’s unacceptable anywhere.”

“There is no place in New Orleans for this kind of violence. I speak for everyone in our City when I say we are disgusted, we are infuriated, and we have had more than enough. Three more lives — gone. It has to end. This happened near my neighborhood, on the edge of Broadmoor. It’s unacceptable anywhere.”

– Mayor LaToya Cantrell

Police Chief Michael Harrison made a plea for witnesses to cooperate with investigators.

“A lot of people were out here tonight,” the chief told FOX 8. “A lot of people we know saw what happened, heard what happened. We need more than anything for people to come forward to help the NOPD solve this case by helping us find more evidence, find out who’s responsible for this so we can hold them accountable for the three people who have died out here tonight and for the other seven people who were injured.”

“A lot of people were out here tonight. A lot of people we know saw what happened, heard what happened. We need more than anything for people to come forward to help the NOPD solve this case by helping us find more evidence, find out who’s responsible for this so we can hold them accountable for the three people who have died out here tonight and for the other seven people who were injured.”

– Chief Michael Harrison

Moreover, Harrison believes the shooting resulted from a personal dispute.

“This has to be personal,” Harrison told FOX 8. “Firing indiscriminately into a crowd, shooting 10 people, killing three — that’s personal. It doesn’t get more personal and we take it personal. So whoever did this, you should know that the law enforcement community takes it personal, so we’re coming for you.”

“It’s not normally like this right here. They don’t usually wild out like this anymore over here,” a man at the scene said earlier. “I was at home, I didn’t see nothing but this is a neighborhood spot, with regulars and whatever. Not a place you’d expect this.”

Lawrence Russo was buying a scratch-off ticket at an Exxon station near the restaurant when he heard what he described as a few batches of intermittent gunshots, which he at first thought were firecrackers because of the spacing. In total, he said, he heard between 13 and 16 shots fired.

The shots sounded close, but Russo didn’t realize how close until he saw the scene developing outside the gas station.

“They never stop killing each other,” Russo said, shaking his head as he spoke.

One woman who came upon the scene became extremely distraught when apparently seeing that one of the victim’s was her son.

“That’s my son. Someone please talk to me. Tell me what happened to my son,” she cried while trying to run into the crime scene. As she was escorted away she pleaded, “get up.”

No further information was immediately available as the investigation was just launched.