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Posted on: July 14, 2017

15 year-old arrested in Negligent Homicide investigation

Sheriff Newell Normand reports, this morning, around 12:35 am, our officers responded to a report of a female shot at 9220 East Claiborne Parkway in unincorporated Westwego. 

Responding officers located the body of the 14 year-old victim, identified as Jasmine Anderson, lying on the bedroom floor, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.  She was transported to University Hospital and later pronounced dead.   

Homicide investigators met with the grandmother of the victim and learned that her 15 year-old grandson ran into her bedroom in a panic, telling her he accidentally shot his sister.  Upon being questioned, the 15 year-old told investigators he and his sister were in her bedroom when the handgun he was handling accidentally discharged striking her in the head.    When questioned how he obtained the handgun, the 15 year-old told detectives he bought the gun on the street for "protection." Additionally, the grandmother advised she had no knowledge of her grandson purchasing the firearm. 

Crime Scene Technicians located a 9mm, High Point, semi-automatic handgun lying on floor in the victim's bedroom. They also recovered one spent 9mm shell casing. An additional magazine for this weapon was located  in the 15 year-old's bedroom.  

Homicide Detective Kurt Zeagler secured arrest warrants for the 15 year-old for Negligent Homicide and Juvenile with a Firearm.  He was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center and booked accordingly. 


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