NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — A law enforcement officer shot Friday night at a high school basketball game in New Orleans has died.
The victim is not a New Orleans Police Department officer and works with an outside agency, the department said.
According to sources, the shooting happened at around 6:15 p.m. at a basketball game on the campus of George Washington Carver High School. The officer was shot in the chest while trying to escort someone who was trying to get into the game. The person pulled out a gun and fired once, striking him in the chest. NOPD announced his death about an hour later.
The shooting happened in the foyer of the building, on the other side of doors that lead to the gymnasium. It’s the same area where tickets were taking and temperatures were checked prior to the game.
Officials say one person is in custody. They have not released the identity of the officer killed.
After the shooting, the gym was placed on lockdown, preventing people from entering or leaving. The school’s parking lot was also on lockdown.
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