Over the weekend in Louisiana, at least nine children were wounded in a shooting that took place at a birthday party.
According to ABC News, there was a shoot-out at a 12-year-old’s birthday party due to an ongoing feud between some in attendance at the celebration. Eight of the shooting victims were boys and those shot were all between the ages of 12 and 17. Most of the victims were treated and released but a 14-year-old boy who was shot in the head and a 16-year-old boy shot in the stomach had been hospitalized in stable condition.
There was a statement on the incident posted on Facebook by the St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office:
“At 8:37 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Golfview Drive in reference to shots fired in the area. Upon arrival, officers learned multiple people were shot when verbal confrontations during a child’s birthday party led to gunfire. Through further investigation, officers discovered nine juveniles were injured. Of the nine, seven were treated at a local hospital and released. Two remain in the hospital in stable condition.
“Those injured were a 17-year-old male shot in the arm; a 16-year-old male grazed in the ribs; a 15-year-old male with a graze wound to the ankle; a 15-year-old male shot in the foot; a 14-year-old male shot in the leg; a 13-year-old male shot in the leg; and a 12-year-old shot in both legs. A 16-year-old male shot in the stomach and a 14-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the head remain in the hospital. Officers believe more than 60 young people were gathered at the party, and two groups of male juveniles with an ongoing feud met up at the house, began arguing and gunfire broke out.”
According to Sheriff Mike Tregre, “Not one person has given a formal statement. I am asking witnesses to come forward with information to help us learn more about what happened.”