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Victim killed in St. Helena College and Career Academy shooting identified as 16-year-old Vernon Gordon Jr

School is canceled Wednesday and Thursday for St. Helena College and Career Academy students, and the next football game is called off.



“On Tuesday, September 12, a family member identified the teenager who tragically lost their life in a shooting incident at St. Helena College and Career Academy.

Two additional students are receiving medical attention for their injuries, while a fourth student is under police custody. The initial call for assistance was made at approximately 3:30 p.m.”

“According to Joe Chaney, Chief of Operations at the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office, the shooting incident has resulted in one fatality, with two additional individuals receiving treatment at hospitals.

It has been confirmed that all the victims were students of St. Helena College and Career Academy. Presently, the condition of the injured students remains uncertain.

A family member at the scene identified the deceased as 16-year-old Vernon Gordon Jr., who was a football player.”

“The sheriff’s office has confirmed that one juvenile is currently under police custody. The investigation into the motive behind the shooting is ongoing.

Furthermore, Sthelena Winning, the official Facebook account for St. Helena Parish School District updates, announced on Tuesday evening that classes are canceled for both Wednesday and Thursday.”

“A tragic incident occurred on the campus of St. Helena College and Career Academy. The scene is still active and we are working closely with authorities at this time. An official statement from the school district is forthcoming regarding details that can be shared with the community. School is canceled until Friday as well as the football game and School Board meeting. Grief counselors will be available for all learners upon their return this Friday,” the post reads.

Louisiana State Police are assisting the sheriff’s office at the scene.