Hammond High School graduation shooting at Southeastern Louisiana University sees multiple hurt as police block streets

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  • 3:34, 20 May 2022
  • Updated: 7:14, 20 May 2022

FOUR people were injured in a shooting at a high school graduation ceremony held on a Louisiana university campus on Thursday.

Hammond High School was having its commencement ceremony at Southeastern Louisiana University when someone opened fire.

Four people are hurt after a shooting at a graduation ceremony at Southeastern Louisiana University on Thursday

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Four people are hurt after a shooting at a graduation ceremony at Southeastern Louisiana University on ThursdayCredit: Southeastern Louisiana University

Police say a person of interest is in custody

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Police say a person of interest is in custodyCredit: Facebook

Police said the shooting is not connected to the university as Hammond High School was using its campus for the ceremony

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Police said the shooting is not connected to the university as Hammond High School was using its campus for the ceremonyCredit: Facebook

Tangipahoa Parish Board Member Brett Duncan said a suspected shooter was detained around 8.30pm.

According to Southeastern Louisiana University Police, the shooting was not related to the university. The graduation ceremony was held at the University Center.

The shooting occurred after the ceremony took place, according to the university.

“While there is no danger posed to others, please remain away from the UC area as police are still investigating the crime.”

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During a press conference, Hammond Police confirmed that no juveniles were shot and they do not believe any students were involved in the shooting.

All of the injuries were confirmed to be non-life-threatening, according to police.

Students at the high school are going to have a virtual day on Friday and will not report to campus, Superintendent Melissa Stilley said.

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The shooting outside the university on Thursday comes after a series of shootings at graduation ceremonies in the past few weeks.

A gun battle at a Michigan high school earlier on Thursday left two people injured with police searching for at least two suspects.

At the Middle Tennessee State University campus in Murfreesboro on Wednesday evening, one person died while another was critically injured in a shooting that took place after Riverdale High School’s graduation.

Witnesses said they heard between six and eight gunshots.

That shooting came less than a week after one person was killed and three more injured in a shooting outside a high school graduation ceremony in Arkansas.

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It happened last Thursday outside the Hot Springs Convention Center, which hosted a graduation for Hot Springs World Class High School.

Hot Springs School District Superintendent Stephanie Nehus said in a statement that no current students or graduates were involved.

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