Photos: 9 injured in Bourbon Street shooting

The crowd on Bourbon and Orleans streets was light and meandering early Sunday morning.

A man pleaded for beads to be tossed to him from a balcony, while others sipped beer and chatted.

Then, without warning, two gunmen sprayed the corner with a shower of bullets.

People scattered in a panic. Some crawled or tripped over each other into open storefronts, and at least one man took cover behind a trash can to escape the gunfire.

One victim, apparently struck, tumbled into the gutter and rolled about, agonizing in pain.