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GRETNA, La. (AP) — A man who was shopping at a suburban New Orleans mall on Christmas Eve was shot to death at close range and a suspect was in custody, police said.

The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, less than two hours before the Oakwood Center mall in Gretna was scheduled to close for the holiday, said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.

The victim had just purchased something from Foot Locker and had turned from the cash register when a man walked within 3 or 4 feet of him and began shooting, Normand said. No one else was injured.

“Obviously, based on witness accounts, he walked in with purpose of shooting this particular individual,” Normand said when asked if the person was targeted.

At least three shots were fired and the man was pronounced dead on the scene, he said.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Col. John N. Fortunato said in a statement Wednesday night that the incident was captured on surveillance video and that the victim had been identified as 24-year-old James Vaughn of Harvey.

In the aftermath of the shooting, “there was bedlam in the mall,” Normand said. Mall security, deputies and Gretna police calmed everyone to make for an orderly evacuation, he said.

Normand said the shooter was apprehended several blocks from the mall.

The suspect is a 25-year-old man, according to Fortunato’s statement. The Associated Press is not naming him because he has not formally been charged.

Normand said authorities were questioning the man, who would likely face a charge of second-degree murder.

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13 thoughts on “Christmas Eve Shooting Kills 1 At Louisiana Mall

  1. Mac Ben, your a POS, be careful of that tongue you have in your mouth, you could be the next victim, No one is coward, your a racist, you have issues. Right Mac Ben, the truth does hurt, why don’t you post about the crimes white folks do,killing kids, killing there whole family,sexual predators,that’s what you white people are good at,talk about that.

  2. Mac Ben, your a POS, be careful of that tongue you have in your mouth, you could be the next victim, No one is coward, your a racist, you have issues.

  3. Mac Ben:
    America got built by violence from white people stealing black people; “(violently”) forcing them to do the work white people were too lazy and trifling to do! If it wasn’t for black people, where would you white people be??? Whited are the weakest race of people on this earth. They never knew what hard work is.

    • Very first slave trader was a black man. One fact that most black people seem to selectively forget when ranting and raving about how “we was bought and sold” by the white man.

  4. Jim:

    Whites kill whites too! What color do you think the Mafia was/is? Whites wipe out their whole families under an ounce of stress.

    The white kids and adults shoot up schools killing students and teachers.

  5. I agree Phil. However, Mac Ben, jhuf, and all of the other racists “never” talk about how racist they are, and how racist America is, and who built this so-called great country.

    Where were their comments on the recent lynching in North Carolina?

    • Mac Ben on said:

      Do you dispute the actors in this crime and what it was about? Or, are you in denial? You remind me of what the rapper NaS wrote in a rhyme: “…some nigas deal with emotions like bitches..”; don’t be mad at me, be mad at what we as blacks continually turn a blind eye to- then look to blame white folks for.

  6. Why don’t you faceless, cowardly, motherfuckers find another website to go on to talk shit, cause if i had any idea who the fuck you were I’ll have something for your ass. Sick of y’all coming on here talking shit.

    • Mac Ben on said:

      “faceless, cowardly…” this is an internet forum, how would you suggest posting opinions? By example you are the faceless, cowardly one. You post threats and vitriol. Why do some of us always resort to violence when we don’t understand something or cannot relate to the opinion of someone else? Dude, educate yourself, find your chi… but don’t get mad. Prove me wrong. The truth hurts sometimes.

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