Juneteenth Shooting Arrest Made
Lovauntea J. Mickens, of 723 S. Napoleon Ave., is accused of firing the stray gunshot that hit the boy in the leg at about 7 p.m. during the festival.
Four juveniles were arrested in fights before the shooting, Lt. Bela Bernhardt said. Police closed down the festival, which was supposed to run through today.
The injured boy was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in stable condition. Police have not released his name.
The shooting disrupted an annual festival dedicated to celebrating and honoring African-American Independence Day. Juneteenth marks June 19, 1865, when news of the abolition of slavery reached Galveston, Texas.