LSU football players Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jared Small were involved in a fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man who was attempting to rob them while they were selling electronics in north Baton Rouge on Saturday.
The man killed was identified as Kobe Johnson. Johnson “pulled out a weapon and demanded their belongings” while inside the back of a truck, according to a Baton Rouge police press release.
“The student-athletes were attempting to sell an electronic item. One of the student-athletes was able to pull out a handgun and fire, striking Johnson multiple times,” the release said.
One of the players called 911 after the shooting and both waited for police to arrive. They were both questioned for several hours by police on Saturday night, but were released without charges being filed.
Police said that Johnson had no previous criminal record.
Edwards-Helaire, a sophomore, was the second leading rusher for the Tigers over the 2018 season with over 600 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns. Small was a freshman walk-on and they were friends from high school.
LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva released a statement saying “We have been in constant contact with law enforcement regarding this terribly 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.”
The shooting comes just over a week until the Tigers bowl game against UCF on Jan. 1.