According to multiple news outlets, the victim of the Louisiana school shooting that occurred on Tuesday has been identified as a 16-year-old football player.
Vernon Gordon Jr. has lost his life following a shooting at St. Helena College and Career Academy in Greensburg. According to a report from WAFB, it was revealed that he was the nephew of the school’s principal and the son of an assistant football coach. According to a statement from the school district, two individuals were wounded in the shooting incident, with one student currently receiving medical treatment at a hospital.
According to WAFB, a 14-year-old student has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, aggravated second-degree battery, and two gun charges. According to the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office, the suspect has not been publicly identified as a result of his age.
In a devastating incident that unfolded at a high school in Louisiana, one student has tragically lost their life while two others have sustained injuries. The shooting, described as a senseless tragedy, has left the community in shock and mourning.
According to Chief Deputy Joe Cheney, the motive for the shooting is believed to be “bullying.” However, he did not provide any specific details regarding who was involved in the bullying.
According to sources, a student arrived at a hospital on Tuesday at approximately 3:30 p.m. The student was reported to have sustained multiple gunshot wounds. According to the outlet, the victim informed the staff that he had been shot at the school and also mentioned the presence of additional victims.
Officials from the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the school, where they received assistance from Louisiana State Police.
In a statement released by the parish school district, it was announced that the scheduled football game for Thursday has been cancelled. In a change of plans, a balloon release is set to take place in the football stadium.
In a statement, it was expressed that a senseless tragedy, similar to those witnessed on campuses across the country, has occurred in our local community. In what was expected to be a typical afternoon dismissal on Tuesday at St. Helena College and Career Academy, an unforeseen turn of events unfolded, leaving our tightly-knit community in a state of shock. In the face of tragedy, the people of St. Helena are displaying their resilience and unity. While grieving, they are also actively working towards fostering a sense of togetherness to prioritise the ongoing security and welfare of their schools, students, and staff members.
Grief counsellors have been made available to students at the school. In a breaking development, classes have officially been cancelled until Friday. In a recent development, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a statement extending his heartfelt condolences to the community of Greensburg. Notably, Governor Edwards previously served as their representative in the state House of Representatives.
In a statement shared on X (formerly known as Twitter), Louisiana Governor Edwards expressed concern over the significant number of Louisianians who have experienced shootings in close proximity to their homes. In a tragic turn of events, numerous families have been irrevocably impacted by the devastating consequences of senseless violence.