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Musician shot during La. Mudfest performance

Chris Ardoin, of Chris Ardoin & NuStep, performs during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Racetrack in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 3:21 PM PT – Sunday, August 1, 2021

A third generation zydeco musician was shot during his performance at Louisiana Mudfest. On Friday, headliner Chris Ardoin was shot as he finished his music set in Colfax, Louisiana.

Ardoin was shot in the back on his right side while on stage. Two people with guns reportedly jumped into a vehicle and attempted to leave the area when police arrested them both.

Authorities reported Ardoin was taken to the hospital immediately after the incident and according to a Facebook post from his wife, the musician has been in recovery. Two other people, including a 14-year-old, were hit in the crowd and sustained moderate injuries.

Wishing the great zydeco musician Chris Ardoin (seen here at the Amédé Ardoin statue with his brother Sean and father Lawrence) all the best as he recovers from being shot while on stage after a show.

— Michael Tisserand (@m_tisserand) July 31, 2021

The identities of the two individuals who were taken into custody at the scene of the shooting have yet to be released. Officials have neither confirmed or denied their involvement.

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