NEW ORLEANS - A Lutcher High School student is recovering from gunshot wounds he received after a tense basketball game between two river parish rivals Tuesday night.
"When the victim was struck, he ran back into the gymnasium. We had three officers on the scene," said St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin.
Police say the victim, 19-year-old Cowan Franklin, was shot four times by 17-year-old Kylin Elder, a fellow Lutcher student who allegedly fired from his car.
"He encountered Franklin, and that's when he pulled the gun and fired numerous shots," said Martin.
Police said the two students had argued earlier in the day and decided to settle it in the parking lot of St. James High School.
"When I knew someone was injured, that was my first concern," said St. James Principal Michael Kennedy. "When I found out it wasn't a student of ours, I was relieved."
Kennedy said even though no student from St. James was injured or involved, the school will be taking another look at security procedures.
"Anytime a situation like this happens, you look at the issues," he said.
Thanks to a cooperating witness, police were able to make a quick arrest.
"The suspect fled to the east bank back to Convent where he lives, and officers spotted him and were able to apprehend him," said Martin.
Kylin Elder faces several charges, including attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a dangerous weapon, and illegal possession of a firearm on school property
Extra security was brought to both schools as a precaution, but police said they're not expecting any more outbreaks.
No bond has been set for Elder.