Officer fatally shot outside New Orleans high school game

New Orleans Police Chief Shaun Ferguson, center, updates the media on the investigation of a shooting at George Washington Carver High School where a law enforcement officer was fatally shot as a basketball game was being played in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
New Orleans police investigate after the fatal shooting of a police officer at George Washington Carver High School, where a basketball game was being played, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in New Orleans. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson told reporters that a man got into an altercation with a staff member after he tried to enter the school while the team was facing Warren Easton Charter High School. The officer went to intervene, and the man shot him in the chest, Ferguson said. The officer was taken to University Medical Center in New Orleans where he later died. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
New Orleans police investigate after the fatal shooting of a police officer at George Washington Carver High School where a basketball game was being played, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in New Orleans. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

1 / 3

Officer Killed Basketball Game

New Orleans Police Chief Shaun Ferguson, center, updates the media on the investigation of a shooting at George Washington Carver High School where a law enforcement officer was fatally shot as a basketball game was being played in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)Sat, 27 February 2021, 6:42 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An officer working security at a high school basketball game in New Orleans was shot in the chest by a man who was denied entry into the game, police said.

The shots were fired Friday evening near the gymnasium at George Washington Carver High School, Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson told reporters at a news conference.

The man got into an altercation with a staff member after he tried to enter the game, Ferguson said. The officer went to intervene, and the man shot him in the chest, police said.

Two loud bangs were captured on video shared by WGNO-TV as the high schoolers played. A photographer from WWL-TV also reported that the gunfire could be heard inside the gym.

The school was put on lockdown after the shooting, news outlets reported, and the game was ultimately called off.

The officer was taken to University Medical Center in New Orleans where he later died. Ferguson said the slain officer was a deputy constable with the Second City Court and a Tulane University police officer.

Police did not immediately name the officer or the suspect, who police said was arrested quickly after the shooting.

The fallen officer had been “a fixture at Carver sporting events and parades” according to a statement from the high school. “All spectators, families, and players are safe — a testament (to) the officer, outside security support, school staff, and systems in place.”

The school also said it would offer resources to anyone in the Carver community who needed support in the wake of the shooting.

THE GUN CULTURE IN AMERICA IS REALLY OUT OF CONTROL AND HAS TURNED AMERICA INTO A SHOOTING ZONE WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE!!! AMERICA IS ANOTHER COUNTRY SMEARED IN HUMAN BLOOD!!! SO SAD THAT AN OFFICER IS KILLED FOR DOING HIS JOB JUST AS WAS THE CASE OF ANOTHER OFFICER KILLED AT THE CAPITOL.