Tragedy unfolded when shots rang out on the campus of St. Helena College and Career Academy in Greensburg, Louisiana, resulting in the death of one person and injuries to two others. A juvenile has been taken into custody in relation to this incident, according to information released by the local sheriff’s department.
The unfortunate event took place around 3 p.m. Tuesday at the educational establishment, which accommodates students from grade 7 to grade 12. At the moment, the identities of the suspect and victim remain undisclosed, a measure put in place considering their underaged statuses. Investigators are currently perusing the case, with the motive behind the shooting yet to be established.
The health status of the two individuals injured during the incident remains uncertain. The St. Helena Parish School District confirmed the incident and expressed its sorrow, detailing in an official statement its intention to keep the community informed of any developing news they can share.
As a response to this shocking event, the school will remain closed until Friday. Scheduled activities, including the widely attended football game and the School Board meeting, have been canceled. The school district is also arranging for grief counselors to be present when classes resume to provide emotional support for the students.
St. Helena Parish Sheriff, “Nat” Williams, was deeply moved by the events, terming the shooting as a senseless tragedy. The sheriff extended his heartfelt prayers to the affected families and to the entire St. Helena community which was deeply affected by the tragic incident.
Echoing the community’s sorrow, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards expressed his condolences and summoned the need for more action to tackle the ongoing issue of gun violence. He emphasized the urgent need for substantive policy dialogues, aimed at halting the spread of such incidents within Louisiana and the entire nation. Simultaneously, he assured the involved families and the entire St. Helena community of his thoughts and prayers during their moment of grief.