Stray bullets kill 80-year-old woman and wound two others in New Orleans

The shooting began after an argument between two women nearby erupted into gunfire.


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A man comforts a young woman wearing a graduation gown at the scene of a shooting at Xavier University in New Orleans on Tuesday,

NEW ORLEANS — An elderly woman was killed and two men wounded when an argument between two women erupted into gunfire Tuesday morning near the Xavier University of Louisiana Convocation Center after a high school graduation, New Orleans police said.

The males received wounds that were not life-threatening, authorities told news outlets.

Deputy Superintendent Chris Goodly told reporters he did not know whether the people who fought in the parking lot were the ones who pulled guns, or how many guns or bullets were fired.

Three people were being questioned, The Times-Picayune and The New Orleans Advocate reported. No arrests have been made at this time.

The shooting comes as New Orleans is grappling with rising homicides. The Metropolitan Crime Commission reported 120 homicides as of May 30, up from 80 a year earlier and 51 at this time in 2019 — a year when killings marked a 49-year low.

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