New Orleans high school graduation shooting: 4 people arrested and charged in shooting that killed octogenarian, police say

Augustine Greenwood was killed May 31 at Xavier University in Louisiana, which hosted the ceremony for students at nearby Morris Jeff Community School, the city coroner’s office told CNN.

Brandon Rock, 18, and Laverne Duplessis, 40, have been charged with manslaughter and possession of a firearm in a gun-free zone, the New Orleans Police Department said in a statement. . Duplessis also faces a charge of obstruction of justice.

Additionally, Frank Bartholomew, 49, has been charged with obstruction of justice and a 15-year-old is charged with possession of a firearm in a gun-free zone, police said.

It is unclear whether the suspects have legal representation.

The shooting unfolded when an argument escalated to gunfire in the Xavier University Convocation Center parking lot after the ceremony, police said. New Orleans police officers working in a security department responded to a call for gunfire around 11:45 a.m. local time.

When officers arrived, they found three gunshot victims – two men and a woman – who were all taken to local hospitals. The woman, later identified as Greenwood, died in a hospital, police said. Greenwood had just seen one of her grandchildren graduate before gunfire hit her, CNN affiliate WVUE reported.

« There was a fight that broke out between apparently two women, » NOPD Deputy Chief Superintendent Christopher Goodly said at the time of the shooting. « As a result of this fight, the subjects produced weapons and shots were fired. »

Police had obtained arrest warrants for the suspects on June 10 and they surrendered to authorities separately, the department said.

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