54 Gun Violence Incidents in Louisiana and Texas since 2013: Gunfire on School Grounds

Date: October 18, 2019 | Category: Statistics

There were at least 483 incidents of gunfire on school grounds since 2013, resulting in:

  • 182 deaths, including 33 suicide deaths (where no one else was harmed) and
  • 369 injuries, including 6 self-harm injuries (where no one else was harmed)

In Louisiana and Texas alone, there were 54 total gunfire incidents.

Louisiana

Some of the incidents that happened in Louisiana occurred as follows:

  • Death – After an argument in a dorm room, Jaylin Wayne, 19, opened fire in the courtyard outside on Earl Andrews, 23. When Andrews’ friend, Monquiarious Caldwell, also 23, tried to help, Wayne shot him too. Both men died from their injuries. Wayne later turned himself into law enforcement and was charged with first-degree murder.
  • Injury – A first grader brought a handgun to his classroom in his backpack and it fell out of his backpack. A seven-year-old classmate picked up the gun and unintentionally discharged it, hitting Gage Meche, another student. Meche was taken to a local hospital for surgery. The first grader’s father and older brother — the source of the weapon — were later indicted for negligent injuring.
  • Injury – An unknown assailant fired a gun on campus injuring an unidentified man in the shoulder. Law enforcement did not apprehend the assailant. The victim’s identity was not released to the press.
  • Injury – Seventeen-year-old Levecion “Vinnie” Williams got into a fight after a school dance on campus and shot and injured a 16-year-old male. He was charged with attempted second-degree murder.
  • Injury – At approximately 9:30 p.m., two people fired shots from a vehicle into the parking lot of Northside High School, hitting injuring an unidentified 17-year-old girl in the arm, who had just exited the football stadium with her friends. The group heard gunshots and was fleeing the area when a bullet hit the girl in the right arm; the others were not injured. Law enforcement described the shooters as two young black men, but as of September 14, 2015, they had not ben apprehended.
  • Injury – A fight broke out in the early hours of the morning near a university assembly hall where sporting events are routinely held. Shots were fired, and two student athletes sustained non-life threatening injuries. Authorities later arrested two other people, neither of them students, and announced they would both be charged with attempted murder.
  • Could Have Been Worse – Following a fight in a hallway between classes, a 14-year-old student pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots at other students, hitting a wall and a locker. No injuries were reported. The student fled the school and was arrested without further incident ten minutes later. He was charged with possession of a firearm on school property, illegal carry of a weapon, illegal use of a weapon, aggravated assault, aggravated criminal damage to property, and attempted second degree murder.

Texas

  • Death – Joshua Joyner, 15, shot and killed Albert J. Nelson, 19, while trying to rob Nelson during a drug deal in the school parking lot. Joyner was also shot in the arm during the incident. Joyner was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
  • Death – Armed with a shotgun and revolver reportedly owned legally by his father, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student, opened fire on classmates and staff at Santa Fe High School, killing ten, and injuring at least 13 others. He eventually surrendered and was taken into custody by police, who also found two homemade explosive devices left at the school by Pagourtzis.
  • Death – Shortly after 8:00 a.m., an unidentified student shot and injured another female student in the school’s band room, hitting her multiple times, before shooting and killing herself. The injured girl was taken to a local hospital in serious condition. While responding to the incident, a marshal unintentionally fired his gun, injuring a Homeland Security agent, who was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
  • Death – A felony theft suspect, Jordan Hatcher, 22, was pursued by police into the parking lot of a community college. After fighting with an officer and grabbing the officer’s stun gun, Hatcher was shot multiple times. He died at the scene.
  • Death – Darius Nichols, 20, shot two students in the parking lot of a dormitory during an argument. Lakeytrick Quinn, 24, died two days after the shooting and Alexandra Hicks, 26, was shot and injured. A TSU police officer witnessed the shooting and shot at Nichols twice, but did not hit him.
  • Death – A male student brought a gun to school and shot himself in an empty classroom. No other student was injured, and the school was placed on immediate lockdown until police could confirm that there was no further threat.
  • Death – After being arrested by campus police for possession of drug paraphernalia, Hollis Daniels, a 19-year-old freshman, opened fire on Floyd East Jr., a Texas Tech police officer. East was hit in the head and died from his injuries. Daniels, who carried out the shooting in the police station, then fled the scene, causing the campus to go into lockdown for just over an hour. The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office captured Daniels and charged him with capital murder.
  • Injury – During class, a 15-year-old boy unintentionally discharged a revolver that he had in his back pocket, hitting himself in the leg and hand. He was taken to a local hospital and treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. Dallas Police announced they were investigating the incident, and that it was not immediately clear why the student had brought the gun to school. A school administrator said that the boy had arrived at school late, and was therefore not subject to the metal detectors normally at the entrances.
  • Injury – Eighteen-year-old Montay Kentrall Howard shot and injured Charles West, 18, while he was playing on the basketball court of the school. Howard exited a vehicle, took out a handgun, and shot and injured West in the arm. The following day, law enforcement arrested Howard at his home and charged him with aggravated assault, among other charges.
  • Injury – A student was shot and injured when a gun discharged on the campus of Westbury High School.
  • Injury – At approximately 10:15 p.m., Darios Tramain Crayton Scott,19, shot and injured Jordan Schott, 19, twice in the stomach on campus near the recreation center after an argument, and then fled. Law enforcement stated that Schott was not a student at the school and was attending an event on campus. They confirmed that Crayton was previously enrolled at the school but was not a current student this semester. As of October 8, 2015, law enforcement have not apprehended the shooter.
  • Could Have Been Worse – A student brought a loaded gun to class in a backpack. During class, it unintentionally discharged in the backpack; nobody was injured. Police are investigating to determine if charges should be filed or Child Protective Services involved.
  • Could Have Been Worse – After getting into a disagreement with another person, Damarcus Reshaud Jackson, 19, fired a gun towards a university residence hall, hitting a window. Police took him into custody within minutes and later announced that they were charging him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, deadly conduct, theft of a firearm, and unlawful carry of a weapon in prohibited places.

Source: https://everytownresearch.org/gunfire-in-school/8283/#7202