According to a report by The Advocate Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the Tigers’ second-leading rusher, and walk-on linebacker Jared Small, were in the Scotlandville neighborhood of Baton Rouge “trying to sell an electronic item” on Saturday when an man named Kobe Johnson attempted to rob them of their belongings.
One of the players then pulled out a handgun and shot Johnson multiple times, The police have not commented on which player pulled the trigger.
The 18-year-old Johnson, died at the scene. Baton Rouge police questioned and released both Edwards-Helaire and Small Saturday without arrest. Attorneys for the players had previously told the Baton Rouge Advocate that the shooting was in self-defense.
An LSU spokesperson released the following statement on the incident to ESPN:
We have today been in constant contact with law enforcement regarding this terrible situation. Right now, our concern is for the safety and well-being of our student-athletes. They have been involved in a traumatic incident, and we have made our counselors available to assist immediately. All questions regarding the investigation should be directed to law enforcement at this time.