Bullying blamed in St. Helena school shooting that left teen dead, two students injured

ST. HELENA — Investigators with the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office believe bullying is to blame for a deadly school shooting at St. Helena College & Career Academy.

St. Helena Parish Sheriff Nat Williams tells UWK that a 14-year-old suspect is in custody. His name is not being released due to his age. He is being charged with second degree murder, two counts of aggravated second degree battery and illegal possession of a firearm in a school zone.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. Tuesday. According to officials, four students were in a car around dismissal time when the 14-year-old gunman opened fire inside the vehicle.

The student who died was 15-years-old.

Two other students were also injured and showed up at the St. Helena Parish Hospital. One of the victims was a male with multiple gunshot wounds. He was later transported to OLOL Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge. Another victim, a female, was grazed during the shooting. It’s unclear if she was grazed by a bullet or shattered glasss.

The St. Helena Parish School Board announced that the school is closed until Tuesday, Sept. 19 as well as the football game and School Board meeting being cancelled. Grief counselors will be available for all students when they return this Friday.

Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statement in response to the deadly shooting.

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