PORT ALLEN, La. (BRPROUD) — During a Tuesday news conference, the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office talked about the investigation into the Friday shooting at a Port Allen high school football game.
The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. during a Port Allen High football game against Brusly High School, killing Brusly student Ja’Kobe Queen, 15, and injuring Port Allen resident Brasia Davis, 28. The suspect, identified as Jarrettin Ranaud Jackson II, 18, was arrested by deputies Monday in Baton Rouge.
Jackson was charged with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, carrying a firearm on school property and possession of a machine gun.
According to deputies, Jailyn Smith, 18, and two juveniles were also arrested. Smith was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice, manslaughter and disturbing the peace. One juvenile was charged with manslaughter and disturbing the peace. The other juvenile was charged with obstruction of justice.
According to District Attorney Tony Clayton and the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, parents are suggested to monitor their children as they monitor social media.
“We are monitoring everything. And you should monitor your children. If he or she leaves the home dressed in an inappropriate way with guns on them, then you should be held accountable because parents should be able to watch that,” said Clayton.
“We will not tolerate violence at our schools or at a school event,” said West Baton Rouge Schools Superintendent Chandler Smith.
“This child should have never died. The kid was going to get a cold drink at the concession stand and a thug decided to end his life,” said West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes.
Security measures are being taken by the West Baton Rouge School Board, including more law enforcement and trauma response teams at high schools Tuesday. School officials said mental health personnel will be available for those who want or need help in the shooting’s aftermath.
“This is in addition to our Zero Eyes security system, which detects anyone with a firearm or metal weapon in any school, and immediately notifies both school security personnel and law enforcement. We have had Zero Eyes in our schools for more than two years,” Smith said in a Monday statement.
Smith also said the community within the parish is “strong and united, and we will get through this tragedy.”