At least five people were shot along the route for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade route, the New Orleans Police Department said on Monday.

WVUE reported that the incident happened at around 1:15 p.m. ET, just 30 minutes after the march passed the location of the shooting at the intersection of MLK and Lasalle Street.

NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas told reporters that one suspect was spotted fleeing the scene in a late model white sedan. Shots were thought to have been fired from the vehicle. Surveillance video was being reviewed by New Orleans police.

Identities of the victims had not been released, but none of the injuries were thought to be life threatening.

Residents lamented that the the shooting happened on a day set aside to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who spoke against the use of violence.

"It's ridiculous this violence happened on this day," a witness explained to WDSU.

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