Kenner police said a 17-year-old boy is accused in connection to a shooting that left an 18-year-old man dead outside a sweet 16 party in Kenner on Saturday night (Nov. 4).
Police arrested Renee Kevon Holloway, 17, on Sunday on one charge of second-degree murder.
Jontrell Wells, 18, was a guest at a birthday party at the Council of Aging building in the 600 block of Compromise Street when he was shot after he left the party, according to Kenner Police Department spokesman Brian McGregor. He was brought to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
McGregor said there were guests from two rival groups at the party, which investigators believe is what led to the shooting. Detectives found bullet casings from at least two different guns, and McGregor said investigators believe there were two shooters.
According to McGregor, Wells and Holloway were arguing about an “ongoing issue” regarding their rival neighborhood groups. McGregor said parents at the party were aware of the tension and went to extra lengths to keep the event safe.
“The parents were trying to be very protective. They were checking bags and hired security,” McGregor said.
An off-duty Kenner police officer was working security for the party, McGregor said. According to the officer’s account, there were two earlier incidents when the lights were turned on and parents announced anyone who tried to start trouble would be asked to leave.