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3 bystanders shot, one other sufferer trampled after gunfire erupted at Hammond commencement

HAMMOND – Three harmless bystanders have been shot after an argument changed into gunfire as college students and members of the family have been leaving a highschool commencement Thursday evening. A fourth sufferer was damage within the ensuing stampede as individuals fled for security.  

The capturing occurred round 8 p.m. as crowds have been submitting out of the College Heart at Southeastern Louisiana College’s campus following Hammond Excessive’s commencement ceremony.

Police mentioned no college students have been shot, and none have been concerned within the confrontation. 

Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron recognized the suspect as 20-year-old Trent Thomas. He faces prices of tried second-degree homicide, obstruction of justice, aggravated harm to property and possessing a firearm in a college zone.

Thomas was taken into custody shortly after the capturing and was questioned in a single day. The Hammond Police Division mentioned the confrontation was gang-related and that they consider at the least one different individual fired pictures. Chief Bergeron added that extra arrests are doubtless.

An eyewitness mentioned she discovered her daughter within the crowd at 8:16 p.m. “And (we have been) on the cellphone with 911 at 8:17,” the witness mentioned, including that she ran again inside whereas calling police.

The witness mentioned it appeared one sufferer, a person, was shot within the abdomen. One other individual was shot within the hand.

Three of the victims have been launched from the hospital as of Friday morning, and the fourth remained hospitalized in secure situation. 

Superintendent Melissa Stilley mentioned Hammond Excessive college students can have a digital day Friday and won’t report back to the college’s campus. 

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