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Elderly woman killed and two injured following shooting at a high school graduation

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 31/05/2022 Liam De Brun

An elderly woman has been killed in Louisiana following a triple shooting at a high school graduation ceremony on Tuesday, police confirmed.

Two men were injured in the shooting at Xavier University, in New Orleans. Police have detained at least three suspects who allegedly opened fire at the parking lot of the graduation’s venue.

Police said that following the ceremony for Morris Jeff High School seniors, a fight broke out between two women when someone opened fire, injuring two men and killing the elderly woman.

An elderly woman has been killed in Louisiana following a triple shooting at a high school graduation ceremony on Tuesday, police confirmed. Photo: WVUE. © Provided by Extra.ie An elderly woman has been killed in Louisiana following a triple shooting at a high school graduation ceremony on Tuesday, police confirmed. Photo: WVUE.

The men were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being shot in the shoulder and leg, according to officials.

No arrests have been made by police, who said several guns were found at the scene of the incident. One of the seniors attending the event, who witnessed the shooting, told news channel WDSU said the victim was his friend’s grandmother.

‘My friend’s grandma got shot, man. She got shot right there in the street like she was a dog or some s***, man,’ he said.

The witness said family members of the students were taking photos in the parking lot when they heard at least two dozen shots being fired.

NOPD Deputy Supt. Christopher Goodly branded the tragic shooting a ‘senseless act of violence’ and said the incident is still being investigated.

‘This graduation, they had a good amount of security. We had interior coverage as well as exterior coverage on the scene. Both the Xavier police, as well as the (NOPD) Second District and Tulane police on the perimeter security,’ he said.

New Orleans City Councilman J. P. Morrell condemned the shooting which arrived just 12 days after three people were shot dead at a separate Louisiana high school graduation ceremony.

Two other men were injured in the shooting. Photo: WVUE. © Provided by Extra.ie Two other men were injured in the shooting. Photo: WVUE.

‘For the second time this graduation season in Louisiana, gun violence has marred what should be an exciting day of celebration for high school graduates, their families and teachers. I hope all Louisianans will join me in prayer for the victims of these pointless acts of violence.

‘Those who perpetuate these senseless acts of violence will be brought to justice. We must do more to keep our communities safe, and this means we must do more to ensure that those who pose an unacceptable risk of harm to others aren’t able to acquire or keep firearms.

‘In light of recent gun violence in Buffalo and Uvalde, gun safety discussions and action involving expanded background checks and red flag laws are very much in order,’ he said.

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