A furious mob has been scuffling with police in a New Orleans suburb as police say they were being ordered to move away from a house in a neighborhood where several people were killed and dozens injured.

A mob was gathered on the street in front of a home in the 900 block of N. Charles Street, a neighborhood that has seen an uptick in violence in recent months, authorities said.

Police ordered the crowd to disperse and officers fired pepper spray and tear gas.

Police have not said what led to the confrontation.

The police chief said the crowd, which included people from the area and other people, were pushing the officer into a house and throwing objects at him, according to The Associated Press.

The AP did not immediately know the exact nature of the items.

The New Orleans police chief on Thursday said his department was “at a loss” to explain how officers got pulled out of a building when they could not move fast enough to contain the crowds.

The protests in the area are the latest flare-up of violence that has gripped the city, as residents are angered by a string of high-profile police killings.

The violence started in the Southside section of the city and escalated after two black men were shot dead last week by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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