The Latest: Dad: drive-by victim was to join Army Reserves

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Posted: Feb 01, 2017 6:32 PM
The Latest: Dad: drive-by victim was to join Army Reserves

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a shooting outside a New Orleans school (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

The father of an 18-year-old killed in a drive-by shooting in front of a New Orleans high school says his son was in Tulane University's culinary catering program and was planning to join the Army Reserves.

Lawrence Williams Jr. said Lawrence Williams IV had never been in trouble.

He said Wednesday that his son and a friend wanted to see Tuesday night's basketball game at Edna Karr High School, where he graduated two years ago.

The two were unable to get in.

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said investigators don't know a motive for the shooting.

The coroner's office said in an email that the other victim's identity had not been confirmed.

Williams talked to Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday after the mayor and others met with students at Karr, a college prep school.

Williams then spoke briefly to reporters.


11:40 a.m.

New Orleans police say a drive-by shooting killed two men in front of a high school during a basketball game.

Local media report that Edna Karr High School's gymnasium was at capacity and was locked down for more than an hour Tuesday night.

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said the men were in a car after being turned away from the game.

He says the bullets apparently came from a silver sedan.

Harrison says one victim died on the school lawn; the other, at a hospital.

School officials told local media that one victim graduated from Karr two years ago. A police news release says neither was a current student.

It says both men had multiple bullet wounds, and the coroner will identify the two after an autopsy.


The 11:40 a.m. item has been corrected to show that the game was in the gymnasium, not the auditorium.