SUNO fatal-shooter says gun went off while friends were play fighting
NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Southern University at New Orleans confirms that a man was shot and killed on campus early Sunday morning.
Police received a call about a man shot in the 6800 block of Press Drive around midnight. When they arrived at the scene, they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck inside of SUNO’s Small Business Incubator Building. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
A spokesperson with SUNO stated that the victim is not a student or employee of the university and that the university rents out the building to non-affiliates of the university.
NOPD later arrested a suspect identified as 20-year-old Andrew Gant. Gant has been booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center for negligent homicide and obstruction of justice. He bonded out Monday morning. His bond was set at $12,500
Court documents reflect a statement made by Gant which says that he and the deceased man, 20-year-old Jace Scott were “play fighting” at which time they pointed their guns at each other. The decedent then pointed a gun at him a second time during which time he got scared and shot the decedent.
Gant stated that he took the gun he used and threw it into a body of water.
Neither Gant nor Scott were students at Suno. Court documents indicate Gant was a student at Delgado.
If anyone has any information about the shooting, they are asked to contact NOPD Homicide Detective Mary Lou Agustin at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
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