Police detained and questioned two LSU student-athletes after a person was found fatally shot in the back seat of a truck Saturday afternoon in the Scotlandville area, according to multiple reports citing Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McKneely.
A law-enforcement source told Tiger Rag LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was one of the athletes involved and taken in for questioning.
Sports Illustrated reported the other player involved was freshman walk-on linebacker Jared Small.
A sophomore, Edwards-Helaire spent most of the season LSU’s second leading rusher with 626 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns.
Both players were released without charges, and authorities are investigating into whether the actions were in self defense, according tot he report.
On Sunday, Baton Rouge police identified the victim as 18-year-old Kobe Johnson in a news release, who they believe tried to rob the two as they tried to sell an electronic item. One of the student athletes then shot Johsnon multiple times.
According to reports, the two athletes called 911 after the shooting and waited for police at the scene. They remain police custody but have not been arrested.
McKneely told The Advocate that the shooting occurred this afternoon on the 2900 block of 68th avenue.
“Right now, our concern is for the safety and well-being of our student athletes,” LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva wrote in a statement Saturday. “They have been involved in a traumatic incident and we have made our counselors available to assist immediately.”