Shooting Kills 1, Wounds 2 After HS Graduation at University

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
May 31, 2022 Updated: May 31, 2022

NEW ORLEANS—An elderly woman was killed and two males wounded when an argument between two females erupted into gunfire Tuesday at a university campus after a high school graduation there, New Orleans police said.

The males received wounds that were not life-threatening—one hit in a shoulder, the other in a leg, authorities told news outlets. Police did not give their ages.

The gunfire occurred about 11:45 a.m. near the Xavier University of Louisiana Convocation Center, where Morris Jeff Community School held its high school graduation Tuesday morning.

A little more than an hour later, investigators were setting evidence cones near empty shell casings, a pair of shoes, and a handgun that lay near a minivan with a flat tire. Others were using cellphones to take photographs through the windows of a car.

A man comforted a young woman in a graduation gown as they sat at the rear of a minivan inside the parking lot marked off with crime scene tape—a lot about the size of a city block. Crime scene tape marked another vehicle about a block away, with an officer posted there.

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A man comforts a young woman wearing a graduation gown within the crime scene of a shooting at Xavier University in New Orleans, on May 31, 2022. (Gerald Herbert/AP Photo)

Deputy Superintendent Chris Goodly told reporters he did not know whether the people who fought in the parking lot were the ones who pulled guns, or how many guns or bullets were fired.

Three people were being questioned, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported.

“Multiple subjects were detained at the scene for questioning. No arrests have been made as of this writing,” police said in a news release around 3 p.m.