BREAKING: At least three people are shot at Xavier University during a high school graduation ceremony

  • At least three people were shot at the end of a Morris Jeff High School graduation ceremony on Tuesday at Xavier University, in New Orleans  

At least three people have been shot on Tuesday at the conclusion of a high school graduation ceremony taking place at Xavier University, in New Orleans. 

New Orleans police said they have arrested a suspect who allegedly opened fire at the parking lot outside the Convocation Center venue once the graduation ceremony ended for Morris Jeff High School seniors. 

The suspect and the victims have yet to be identified, with New Orleans EMS quickly transporting the injured to a local hospital. Their conditions are not yet known. 

Witnesses told Fox 8 that a fight had appeared to broken out following the graduation ceremony, with about five to 12 gunshots allegedly fired as a result. 

New Orleans police responded to an active shooter situation on Tuesday taking place at Xavier University during a high school graduation ceremony

Family members of those graduating Morris Jeff High School were in a panic following the shooting that left at least three people hospitalized

Witnesses claimed a fight broke out at the parking lot by the University’s Convocation Center

The New Orleans Police Department said a suspect has been detained 

One of the many seniors who graduated at the ceremony echoed claims that the gunshots rang out as a result of a fight.

‘They were fighting,’ the senior told WWL. ‘My cousin said, ”They’re fighting over there, let’s go.’ Then I heard gunshots.’ 

Another senior told the local news outlet that they saw an elderly woman get shot in the head in the parking lot. 

‘One of my friends’ grandma got shot right in the middle of the street and she didn’t have anything to do with it,’ said another graduate. ‘She got shot in the head. She’s in critical condition.’ 

New Orleans City Councilman J. P. Morrell slammed the shooting, which took place in the wake of the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting and eleven days after another three people were shot at another high school graduation ceremony at a Louisiana university.  

‘This should’ve been one of the happiest days in these kids’ lives, Morrell tweeted about the latest shooting. ‘Now all their hard work is being overshadowed by another senseless act of gun violence.

This is a developing story. 

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