Event Promoting Non-Violence Ends in Gunfire

The 22-year-old man was shot at “Guns Down, Gloves Up,” an event in Lafayette, Louisiana intended to allow people to settle disputes without gun violence. (KLFY.com)

The tennis court at Brown Park was a makeshift boxing ring Tuesday night for people who needed to relieve some stress.

“If two men can get in a square or anywhere and fight without killing each other, I’m all for that,” said Chris Bernard, a Stop the Violence community activist.

Despite the goal, a victim was shot and remains hospitalized.

The mother of the victim said her son was shot four times. He will need surgery, but he is in stable condition, she said.

Gerald Boudreaux, Director of Lafayette Parks and Recreation told KLFY that the event wasn’t sanctioned by them.

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