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-- New Orleans hospital halts patient evacuations after coming under sniper fire, a doctor who witnessed the incident says.


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Just got this in my e-mail since i'm subscribed to CNN breaking news email alerts. This is f***ing crazy.

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Fights, fires, gunfire slow evacuation of thousands from Superdome; more soldiers sent in


NEW ORLEANS -- Fights and trash fires broke out, rescue helicopters were shot at and anger mounted across New Orleans on Thursday, as National Guardsmen poured in to help restore order across this increasingly desperate and lawless city. The Superdome, where some 25,000 people were being evacuated by bus to the Houston Astrodome, descended into chaos.



``Hospitals are trying to evacuate,'' said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesan, spokesman at the city emergency operations center. ``At every one of them, there are reports that as the helicopters come in people are shooting at them.


There are people just taking potshots at police and at helicopters, telling them, `You better come get my family.'''



A National Guard military policeman was shot in the leg as the two scuffled for the MP's rifle, police Capt. Ernie Demmo said. The man was arrested.


``These are good people. These are just scared people,'' Demmo said.




More here... Sun-Sentinel.com

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New Orleans' Charity Hospital halted efforts to evacuate its patients after it came under sniper fire, according to Dr. Tyler Curiel, who witnessed the incidents.


The attack came as New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issued "a desperate SOS" for the thousands of people stranded in and around the city's convention center with no food or water and fading hope.


Curiel and his National Guard escorts, were returning to the hospital after dropping off patients at nearby Tulane Medical Center, when someone started shooting at their convoy of Humvees.


"We were coming in from a parking deck at Tulane Medical Center, and a guy in a white shirt started firing at us," Curiel said. "The National Guard (troops), wearing flak jackets, tried to get a bead on this guy. "


The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. ET). About an hour later, another gunman opened fire at the back of Charity Hospital.


"We got back to Charity Hospital with with food from Tulane and we said, 'OK the snipers are behind us, let's move on,'" Curiel said. "We started loading patients (for transport) and 20 minutes later, shots rang out."


The National Guard soldiers told staff to get away from the windows, and evacuations were halted.


Charity Hospital has no electricity, no water and the only food available is couple of cans of vegetables and graham crackers.


Evacuations by boat were halted after armed looters threatened medics, and overturned one of their boats.


The sniper attacks were the latest incidents of violence that have disrupted efforts to help people in the flooded city.


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