One Killed, Two Injured in Shooting Near High School Graduation in New Orleans

Gunfire erupted near a high school graduation ceremony in New Orleans, killing one person and injuring two others on May 31.

The shooting took place at about 11:45 a.m. local time outside the Convocation Center on the campus of Xavier University, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) said.

The university was hosting a graduation ceremony for nearby Morris Jeff Community School.

Officers located three gunshot wound victims — one woman and two men — who were all taken to local hospitals.

The woman died at the hospital, NOPD said.

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office will identify the deceased victim and the cause of death, NOPD said.

All three victims were there for the graduation ceremony, police spokesperson Gary Scheets said, according to NBC News.

NOPD Deputy Superintendent Chris Goodly told reporters that a fight “between two females” in the parking lot escalated into gunfire.

Officers immediately detained three people for questioning, and weapons that might have been used in the violence were recovered, police said.

No arrests have been made.

Officers are investigating who was responsible for the offense and the motive.

New Orleans Public Schools Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. said in a statement that he was “outraged and saddened by the callousness” that occurred.

“The graduating seniors of Morris Jeff were there to share in their collective achievements and bask in the brightness of their futures — only to have their optimism ripped apart by gun violence. This has got to stop,” Lewis said.

“All our children have a right to be safe and we must do all we can in our power to protect that right,” Lewis further said.

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