Superdome evacuation halted amid gunfire
EDT on Thursday, September 1, 2005
NEW ORLEANS – The evacuation of the Superdome was
suspended Thursday after shots were reported fired at a
military helicopter and arson fires broke out outside the
arena. No immediate injuries were reported.
scene at the Superdome became increasingly chaotic, with
thousands of people rushing from nearby hotels and other
buildings, hoping to climb onto the buses taking evacuees
from the arena, officials said. Paramedics became
increasingly alarmed by the sight of people with guns.
Richard Zeuschlag, chief of the ambulance service
that was handling the evacuation of sick and injured people
from the Superdome, said it was suspending operations "until
they gain control of the Superdome."
He said shots
were fired at a military helicopter over the Superdome
He said the National Guard told him
that it was sending 100 military police officers to restore
"That's not enough," Zeuschlag said. "We need
Lt. Col. Pete Schneider of the
Louisiana National Guard said the military - which was
handling the evacuation of the able-bodied from the
Superdome - had suspended operations, too, because fires set
outside the arena were preventing buses from getting close
enough to pick up people.
He said tens thousands of
people started rushing out of other buildings when they saw
buses pulling up and hoped to get on. But the immediate
focus was on evacuating people from the Superdome, and the
other refugees were left to mill around.
FUCK... they didnt AT LEAST EXPECT
THIS?!?!?!?! who is running things down there.. get it
i find it hard to belive that this
country doesnt know how to evacuate people out of disaster
areas better than that.... its clear the louisiana government
cant handle this... and i cant believe im going to say this...
BUT WILL SOMEONE PUT THIS UNDER DIRECT US MILITARY CONTROL???
i would imagine they know how to control things better....