A woman was fatally shot and two men were wounded as gunfire erupted near a high school graduation venue in New Orleans on Tuesday, officials said.
The shooting happened just before noon outside the Convocation Center on the campus of Xavier University not long after students from Morris Jeff High School had received diplomas, New Orleans police said.
The fatally wounded person was an elderly woman and the others are men who will survive their wounds after they were shot in the shoulder and leg, respectively, police said. They were not immediately identified.
All three victims were there for graduation ceremonies before they were shot outside, police spokesman Gary Scheets said.
“There was a fight that broke out, apparently between two females in the parking lot” which led to gunfire, NOPD Deputy Superintendent Chris Goodly told reporters.
Three people were immediately detained for questioning, and weapons that might have been used were recovered, police said.
“We’re asking for anyone with information that can help lead us to a successful conclusion and apprehension of individuals that may be responsible for this senseless, senseless act of violence,” Goodly said.
This New Orleans shooting comes exactly one week after a gunman stormed Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and two teachers.
And there had been at least three shootings at high school graduations in the past two weeks.
Four people were injured when gunfire erupted after Hammond High School’s graduation on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University on May 19, police said.
That same evening, two people were shot at East Kentwood High School in Michigan as students from Crossroads Alternative High School were graduating, officials said.
And a day earlier, an 18-year-old was fatally shot shortly after graduation ceremonies for Riverdale High School were held at the Middle Tennessee State University, authorities said.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.