Neighbors concerned over Phlox St. shooting

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Friday night was anything but quiet for Melanie Brondum and her neighbors.

"There's a lot of kids who do fireworks around here, so at first I thought they were just fireworks," said Brondum, who's been living in the neighborhood for seven years. "I came outside, masses of people walking down the street. Cops driving all over the place."

Those deputies were responding to a shooting near East Jefferson High School during a football game Friday night. A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman said several people were asked to leave the game after two fights broke out. A little later, a deputy on detail heard shots. A 20-year-old man, later identified as Jason Henry, was shot in the arm. According to police, 23-year-old Larry Beauchamp, 24-year-old Darius Gilbert and 20-year-old Andre Ridgely, all of Metairie, were arrested. Gilbert and Ridgely were armed at the time of their arrests and none of the three arrested were students, police say.

"We know the incident took place in the parking lot," said Col. John Fortunato with Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. "We did find several guns in a vehicle nearby, one where the victim was standing and another block away where numerous shell casings were."

Residents say they can't believe the shooting happened in their neighborhood. They say it's even more surprising that it happened at a high school football game.

"It kind indicates where society is going," said Raymond Schexnaydre, who is an East Jefferson Alum and grew up in the neighborhood. "It's a sign of the times. There's so much unrest and violence among kids at way too young of an age. It's just sad."

And for Melanie Brondum, it's going to mean a change of plans for her and her family. Her daughter was visiting the high school just a few days ago.

"I don't know if she'll be going to many football games down there now," said Brondum.

Ridgely was booked with illegal carrying of a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm in a firearm free zone, illegal discharging of a firearm and resisting arrest.

Beauchamp was booked with illegal carrying of a firearm at a school sponsored function, simple possession of marijuana and illegal discharging of a firearm.

Gilbert was booked with illegal discharging of a firearm within 1000 yards of a school. Detectives recovered three semi-automatic handguns during the investigation.

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