Efforts to evacuated thousands of people from the Louisiana
Superdome in New Orleans were quickly suspended Thursday morning,
after someone near the building fired shots at a military
Some 25,000 people -- many of them sick or injured -- was halted
before dawn when the shots rang out, reportedly at a National Guard
CH-47 Chinook. No one in the aircraft was injured, but the pilot
refused to land in an area where angry refugees had lit fires and
were carrying weapons.
Ground evacuations of the able-bodied were suspended as
The refugees were being taken to the Houston Astrodome in
aircraft and buses. Acadian Ambulance chief Richard Zeuschlag said
the gunfire made it plain that the situation was becoming far too
dangerous for his unarmed air-ambulance pilots. There was no
indication when the evacuation might resume as thousands of
National Guard troops poured into the hurricane-ravaged city to
"We have suspended operations until they gain control of the
Superdome," Zeuschlag told the Associated Press. He said the
National Guard told him 100 MPs were heading for the Superdome.
"That's not enough," Zeuschlag. "We need a thousand."
"The reports that we have heard out there is that there are
basically gangs out there with weapons who are shooting at
helicopters, who are shooting at people," Gloria Roemer of the
Harris County, Texas, Office of Emergency Management told CBS Radio