Police going after looters - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police going after looters

The top Homeland Security official in New Orleans says bands of gunmen are roaming through New Orleans.

Terry Ebbert says looters have been breaking into stores all over town to steal guns. The Times-Picayune newspaper reports the gun section at a new Wal-Mart has been cleaned out. And the thieves are apparently using their new guns, with shots heard through the night.

Guns aren't the only things drawing the thieves. People commandeered a forklift in high ground to lift storm shutters and break the glass of a Rite-Aid pharmacy. A crowd stormed the store, carrying ice, water and food.

A spokeswoman for Lousiana's governor says workers at Children's Hospital huddled with sick kids and waited for help to arrive as looters tried to break in. Help never arrived.

A city councilwoman says "The French Quarter has been attacked." She says "exhausted, scarce police" have to be diverted from search and rescue to try to control the looters.

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