Louisiana rapper killed in hometown shooting

BOGALUSA, La. (AP) — Louisiana rapper JayDaYoungan was fatally shot in his hometown of Bogalusa, north of New Orleans, police said.

The musician, whose real name is Javorius Scott, was killed shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday. He was 24 years old.

Police said they received a call about a shooting just before 6 p.m. Wednesday. One of the injured was transported to the emergency room of Notre-Dame des Anges. Another victim, still at the scene, was seriously injured and was transported to the scene by ambulance.

Police were then notified of another shooting shortly after 7 p.m., about four miles from the first shooting. Authorities said a car was hit by bullets, but the occupants were not injured, police said.

In a Facebook post, Bogalusa police confirmed Scott’s death “as a result of his injuries”. The other victim, identified by several media as Kenyatta Scott Sr., the rapper’s father, is said to be in stable condition. Police said the surviving victim was a “close relative” of the rapper but would not discuss their relationship.

Bogalusa police investigators said they believe the two shootings were related. Investigators have linked Scott to crimes involving gang rivalries in parts of rural Louisiana in recent months. They said they believed the violence was retaliation. An investigation is continuing.

In June 2021, Scott was released from prison after serving seven months for possession of a firearm while charged with a felony. In September of the same year, he was arrested for obstruction of justice and complicity in a second degree murder which occurred in Louisiana. The following month, he was arrested for multiple crimes, including illegal use of a controlled hazardous substance in the presence of minors.

Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette in a statement urged residents to remain calm while police investigate.

“The senseless shooting in Bogalusa (is) another tragic reminder of the pain that violent crime brings,” she said. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims. As your mayor and as a mother, I plead on behalf of our community and for our children, today must mean enough, it is finally enough. Stop the violence! See something, say something.

Perrette also requested that the Louisiana State Police assist the Bogalusa Police Department and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.

In 2016 Scott released his first mixtape YOUNGANimal. He then signed with Atlantic Records and released his mixtape “Misunderstood”, featuring the hit “23 Island”, in 2019. His major label debut album Baby23 arrived in 2020. Earlier this year he released two EPs , “Scarred” and “All Est bien.” During his brief career, Scott had worked with Lil Durk, Latto, Moneybagg Yo and Kevin Gates.

Scott has over 2.5 million followers on Instagram. His most recent video, “First Day Out Pt2” had amassed 1.9 million views on YouTube. A spokesperson for Atlantic Records could not immediately be reached for comment.