NEW ORLEANS -- A body was found in Central City has forced an elementary school to be put on lockdown as a precaution measure.
According to police, the body was found in the 2400 block of Jackson Avenue, at Mahalia Jackson Elementary. School officials confirmed that the school is currently locked down.
According to NOPD spokesman Officer Frank Robertson, the body is that of Jamal Christian, 18, who was reported missing from New Orleans East. Christian's body was found on school grounds in some bushes, outside of the school's perimeter, by family members.
"They (Christian's family) went out themselves to try an locate the individual, and he (Christian) was found in the shrubbery," said Robertson
According to police, Christian's death may be related a Sunday shooting at South Robertson and St. Andrew streets. Christian was reported missing Monday afternoon. Christian didn't return home after going to a second line in Central City near the school, according to police.
Christian's body was found lying face down around 9 a.m. He had been shot once, according to police.
Another man that was with Christian as the second line was shot in the ankle, according to family members. The shooting occured later around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
The shooting was reported as a double shooting, but the second victim couldn't be located, according to police.
“The Orleans Parish School Board wants to stress to parents that all students are safe and the instructional day is progressing as normal at Mahalia Jackson Elementary. The school went on lockdown and will remain so throughout the day. The students are not aware of nor saw what occurred outside the school's protected fencing. The School Board's thoughts and prayers are for the victim's family. "We mourn the loss of this teenager who did not deserve to die so young," said Superintendent Stan Smith.”
Roberston said the investigation in ongoing.