May 13th, 2013
09:50 PM ET

'I was five feet from the shooter'

Photographer Abdul Aziz witnessed the shooting at a New Orleans parade on Mother's Day, and he believes he was standing right next to the gunmen.

"I personally saw the muzzle flash from the gun and began to run towards the direction of a few of my friends that I saw. I also saw a number of individuals fall to the ground and immediately start to grab their wounds and call for help," he tells Anderson Cooper.

19 people were injured in the shooting at the second-line parade Sunday. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said that authorities have identified the suspect as 19-year-old Akein Scott. It's not clear yet if there was more than one shooter behind the gunfire.

Aziz says he didn't want to appear on camera because of the culture of retaliation in the city, but he stresses the resilience of his community. "We're looking forward to next Sunday and continuing the tradition of second line here in New Orleans without any fear," he says.

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