August 12, 2022

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According to police, Louisiana rapper JayDaYoungan was shot and killed in his hometown of Bogalusa, north of New Orleans.

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

Just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, police said they received a call about a shooting. One of the injured was taken to the emergency room at Our Lady of the Angels. Another victim, who was still on the scene, was critically injured and was taken there by ambulance.

Police were then called to another shooting shortly after 7 p.m., about four miles away from the first. According to police, a car was hit by bullets, but the occupants were unharmed.

Bogalusa police confirmed Scott’s death “as a result of his injuries” in a Facebook post. The other victim, identified as Kenyatta Scott Sr, the rapper’s father, was said to be in stable condition by multiple news outlets. The surviving victim was a “close relative” of the rapper, according to police, who declined to comment on their relationship.

Bogalusa police investigators believe the two shootings are connected.

In a statement, Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette urged residents to remain calm while police investigated.

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

In 2016, Scott released his debut mixtape, YOUNGANimal. He later signed to Atlantic Records and dropped his mixtape Misunderstood, featuring the breakout hit 23 Island, in 2019. His major-label debut album Baby23 arrived in 2020.

This year he released two EPs, Scarred and All Is Well. In his brief career, Scott had worked with Lil Durk, Latto, Moneybagg Yo and Kevin Gates.

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


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