One was killed. Following high school graduation at Xavier University of Louisiana, two people were shot
According to CNN, a shooting at Xavier University in New Orleans for Morris Jeff High School’s graduation resulted in the death of an elderly woman and the injuries of two men who are not life-threatening.
At around 11:45 a.m., the New Orleans Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the parking lot of Xavier’s Convocation Center. “There was a fight that broke out between apparently two females,” Chief Deputy Superintendent Christopher Goodly told reporters. “Subjects produced weapons after the fight, and shots were fired.”
Some people have been arrested in connection with the shooting. A number of guns were also discovered at the scene, but no arrests have been made. Patricia Perkins, Morris Jeff’s head of school, said in a statement that today should have been a day of celebration for seniors.
“We are a strong school community at Morris Jeff, and we will band together to help each other heal.” “Every day, we teach our children to resolve their conflicts with words and to be compassionate toward one another,” Patricia explained. “Because they learn to see each other as equal human beings, our graduates will make a difference in the world.” This determination has only grown stronger as a result of today’s violence.
Morris Jeff High School’s graduation was unfortunately not the only one that ended in gunfire. Trent Thomas, 20, was arrested on May 20th, nearly an hour away in Hammond, LA, for shooting and injuring four people during a graduation ceremony on Southeastern University’s campus for Hammond High Magnet School, according to WDSU.
Authorities believe the shooting was caused by a fight between Trent and a minor. They also believe it could have been related to gang affiliation. Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by the tragedy in New Orleans today.