GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - A status hearing takes place today for the Marrero man accused of shooting and killing another man inside a packed West Bank mall on Christmas Eve.
Gary Francois, 26, who is accused of opening fire and killing James Vaughn, 24, at the Oakwood Mall in Gretna has pleaded not guilty. The hearing will take place in Jefferson Parish.
Francois is accused of killing Vaughn at the Foot Locker store. Investigators say Francois saw Vaughn in the mall about two hours before the stores closed. Vaughn was shopping with his family when Francois opened fire.
Investigators say Francois targeted the victim. Deputies say surveillance video shows Francois waiting for Vaughn outside the Foot Locker store and shot him three times. Vaughn died on scene.
After the shooting, police say they chased Francois on foot from the shopping center to a nearby intersection where he was arrested without incident.