Nine juveniles injured after gunfire erupts at child’s birthday party, St. John Parish Sheriff says
LAPLACE (WVUE) -Nine teens were injured, six of them shot, Saturday night while attending a 12-year-old’s birthday party, the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office says.
The shooting happened at a home around 8:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Golfview Drive in Laplace.
Sheriff Mike Tregre says the shooting stemmed from a verbal confrontation.
Through further investigation, officers discovered nine juveniles were injured. Of the nine, seven were treated at a 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. Officers have determined two guns were fired.
No arrests have been made.
Despite there being several witnesses at the party, Sheriff Mike Tregre said no one has come forward with information.
“Not one person has given a formal statement,” Sheriff Tregre said. “I am asking witnesses to come forward with information to help us learn more about what happened.”
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