published : 2023-09-05

Louisiana Suspect Arrested in High School Football Game Shooting After Teen Killed

Louisiana shooting happened during a football game between Port Allen High School and Brusly High School

A serene image of Port Allen High School, where the tragic shooting took place, taken with a Canon EOS R.

Police have apprehended an 18-year-old suspect in connection with a tragic shooting incident at a high school football game in Louisiana. The suspect, identified as Jarrettin R. Jackson II, is facing charges of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder.

The incident occurred during a highly anticipated football game between Port Allen High School and Brusly High School. As the game progressed on the night of September 1, 2023, chaos erupted.

Just after 8:30 p.m., gunshots shattered the air, instantly transforming the exhilarating atmosphere into one of terror and disbelief. A 16-year-old male victim, later identified as Ja'Kobe Queen, was tragically struck in the head by a bullet. Despite immediately being rushed to a local hospital, the young boy succumbed to his severe injury, leaving a community devastated by his untimely demise.

In addition to the young victim, a 28-year-old woman also fell victim to the violence. She sustained a gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

As chaos ensued, the authorities swiftly took action. Medics and law enforcement rushed to the scene, their arrival interlaced with the image of bystanders being hurriedly escorted away from the danger zone.

An emotional photograph of a memorial dedicated to Ja'Kobe Queen, capturing the heartbreak and loss experienced by the community, taken with a Nikon D850.

The game, intended as a joyous event filled with spirited competition, was abruptly cut short at halftime due to the tragic turn of events.

Local news station WBRZ identified the young shooting victim as Ja'Kobe Queen and revealed that the motive behind the attack stemmed from an undisclosed argument between Ja'Kobe and the suspect.

Acknowledging the gravity of the situation, the West Baton Rouge School Board released a heartfelt statement expressing their deep sadness over the tragic incident. They emphasized their dedication to supporting the victim's family and all students affected by the devastating loss. Simultaneously, they vowed to provide full cooperation to the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office as they conducted their investigation into this senseless act of violence.

In an effort to assist the students in coping with the aftermath of the shooting, the school district announced that additional law enforcement personnel and trauma response teams would be present upon their return to school after the Labor Day weekend. These response teams include additional social workers equipped to provide support to students grappling with the emotional impact of the tragedy.

Moreover, the district is implementing new security measures to ensure the safety of their students. Scanners will be installed, and limited, secured entry points will be created for all future games to prevent the occurrence of such incidents.

A powerful image showcasing the solidarity of students and community members gathering to support each other in the wake of the tragedy, taken with a Sony Alpha A7 III.

Superintendent Chandler Smith spoke out, emphasizing the importance of teaching students effective conflict resolution. While acknowledging the destructive nature of violence, he pledged to intensify and reinforce existing programs within schools. This collaborative effort with law enforcement agencies and the District Attorney’s Office aims to instill the understanding that violence only begets further devastation upon countless lives.

Grover Harrison III, a concerned resident of West Baton Rouge Parish, expressed a more philosophical view regarding the root cause of such violence. Although he acknowledged the short-term solution of installing metal detectors at game entrances, he emphasized the urgency in addressing the mindsets and motivations of individuals attending these events. Harrison questioned what drives people to inflict agony and pain upon the community as a whole.

As investigations continue, the community remains united in grief and determined to find ways to prevent such tragedy from recurring. May the memory of the young life lost serve as a reminder to all that violence has no place in our society.

Chris Pandolfo reporting for Fox News Digital.