Mass shooting at graduation ceremony at Southeastern Louisiana University

Mass shooting at graduation ceremony at Southeastern Louisiana University
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Several people sustained gunshot wounds when a gunman opened fire on a graduation ceremony at Southeastern Louisiana University Thursday night.

Hammond Police report one person was taken into custody.  HPD also warned people stay away from the scene to avoid confusion and potential compromising of the crime scene.

The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate says "Chief Jimmy Travis of the Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office said there were "several" victims but that the scene had been secured as of 9:30 p.m."

The graduation was for Hammond High School Students.  Students and family members gathered for the event when the shots rang out.

A late news briefing by law enforcement says four people were struck but their wounds were non-life threatening.

Hammond Police say no juveniles were involved in the incident.

The shooting occurred in the eight o'clock hour after the graduation ceremony had been winding down and students were dismissed.

U.S. Senator John Kennedy responded to the incident taking to Facebook to comment: "Praying for the shooting victims and everyone affected by the violence outside the Hammond High School graduation this evening."

Senator Bill Cassidy tweeted:  "A night to celebrate the achievements of young men and women of Hammond High School was disrupted by senseless violence. Monitoring the situation as more details become available and praying for the well-being of those injured."