Exactly one week after the gunfire incident that claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a similar incident occurred at Xavier University.
One woman was shot dead yesterday, Tuesday, May 31, and two men were injured as gunfire erupted near a graduation ceremony at the university. The Morris Jeff High school students were there to receive their diplomas at the university's Convocation Center.
Police spokesman Gary Scheets said that all three were there for the graduation ceremony before they were shot. The police later identified the older woman shot dead and the other two men shot in the leg and shoulder.
NOPD Deputy Superintendent Chris Goodly told reporters: "There was a fight that broke out, apparently between two females in the parking lot," leading to the gunfire.
According to the police, the weapons allegedly used were recovered, and three people were detained for questioning.
Goodly 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."
There have been at least three gunfire incidents at high school graduations in the past two weeks.
According to officials, on May 19, four people were injured after Hammond High School's graduation on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University. Also, two people were shot that same day at East Kentwood High School in Michigan as students from Crossroads Alternative High School were graduating.
On May 18, authorities also said that an 18-year-old was shot dead shortly after the graduation ceremony for Riverdale High School held at the Middle Tennessee State University.
The need for stricter gun laws, allegedly upvoted by many Americans, is more critical now than ever.