Classes at a Louisiana high school after a student was killed and two others were injured. The identities and ages of the victims of the shooting at Greensburg’s St. Helena College & Career Academy have not been revealed.
Following the shooting, law enforcement officials stated they arrested the accused gunman, a 14-year-old kid.
“This is such a senseless tragedy and my prayers go out to the families of all involved and to the St. Helena community that were affected by this tragedy,” Sheriff Nat Williams said in a post on Facebook.
His office has not publicized the suspect’s charges or details about the events leading up to the shooting.
The Associated Press left a message with Williams, who did not immediately return it. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s back parking lot, according to deputies.
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statement in response to the incident, stating that the Greensburg neighborhood is “close to my home and my heart,” having served the area in the state senate for eight years.
“Donna and I are praying for the families affected by this awful act, and for the entire St. Helena community,” Edwards said. “There are far too many Louisianians who have had a shooting close to home. Too many families are forever altered by senseless violence. While we seek justice, we must continue to have serious policy discussions about how to end this plague of gun violence in Louisiana and across our country.”
The St. Helena Parish School District has postponed classes until Friday, as well as the football game and the School Board meeting. Grief counselors will be available for kids and employees upon their return, according to a Facebook post by the district.
Troy Carter, a Democrat from southeast Louisiana, said he was “devastated” to hear of the school massacre.
“Gun violence affects ALL of us,” Carter said on X, the platform that replaced Twitter. “It harms our communities and it is heartbreaking to see it harm our children. I’ll keep fighting for common-sense gun reform. My prayers are with the victims and their families.
I’m devastated to hear about the school shooting in St. Helena Parish. Gun violence affects ALL of us. It harms our communities and it is heartbreaking to see it harm our children. I’ll keep fighting for common-sense gun reform. My prayers are with the victims and their families.
— Congressman Troy A. Carter (@RepTroyCarter) September 13, 2023
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