Superdome exodus on hold after shots Looting worse, more National Guard arrive; storm deaths may be thousands
NBC, MSNBC and news services Updated: 8:51 a.m. ET Sept. 1, 2005
NEW ORLEANS - National Guard troops in armored vehicles poured into New Orleans on Thursday to curb the growing lawlessness that included shots fired at a helicopter airlifting people out of the Superdome and carjackings of buses helping with evacuations.
The operation to bus more than 20,000 people to the Houston Astrodome was suspended �until they gain control of the Superdome,� said Richard Zeuschlag, head of Acadian Ambulance, which was handling the evacuation of sick and injured people from the Superdome.
He said that military would not fly out of the Superdome either because of the gunfire and that the National Guard told him that it was sending 100 military police officers to gain control. �That�s not enough,� Zeuschlag. �We need a thousand.�
He said medics were calling him and crying for help because they were so scared of people with guns at the Superdome.
Shots were fired at a military helicopter over the Superdome before daybreak, he said, adding that when another evacuation helicopter tried to land at a hospital in the outlying town of Kenner overnight, the pilot reported that 100 people were on the landing pad, and some of them had guns.
�He was frightened and would not land,� Zeuschlag said.