The incident occurred on the evening of Saturday, April 17, at approximately 8:37 p.m. in LaPlace, Louisiana. When authorities arrived they discovered that multiple people had been shot after an alleged verbal confrontation.
“Through further investigation, officers discovered nine juveniles were injured,” St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a media statement. “Of the nine, seven were treated at a local hospital and released. Two remain in the hospital in stable condition.
Authorities believe that an estimated 60 young people were at the 12-year-old’s birthday party and that two groups of male juveniles who have an ongoing feud with each other began arguing at some point during the party which is what eventually led to the shootout.
The ages of the injured ranged from 12 to 17 years if age.
In spite of all of the witnesses at the party, not a single person has given a formal statement of what they saw take place. No arrests have been made.
“Not one person has given a formal statement,” Sheriff Tregre said in a statement following the incident. “I am asking witnesses to come forward with information to help us learn more about what happened.”