Suspected Oakwood Mall shooter charged with murder

Suspected Oakwood Mall shooter charged with murder

GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - The man accused of opening fire and killing another man at the Oakwood Mall in Gretna on Christmas Eve has pleaded not guilty.

Gary Francois, 26, is accused of killing James Vaughn, 24, in the mall's Foot Locker store.

Francois was indicted Friday on a charge of second-degree murder.

Investigators say Francois saw Vaughn in the mall just about two hours before the stores closed and fired four times.

Francois was at the mall with his girlfriend. Vaughn was shopping with his family.

After the shooting, police say they chased Francois on foot from the shopping center to a nearby intersection where he was arrested without incident.

Detectives have not released a motive in the shooting.

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