Officials say shooting at Southern University was during attempted robbery

Officials say shooting at Southern University was during attempted robbery
Larry McCray (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said the shooting on the Southern University campus Thursday night happened during an attempted robbery involving people not associated with the institute.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Larry McCray, 20, of Reserve, was arrested in connection with the shooting that left a 19-year-old man listed in critical condition as of Friday afternoon. His name has not been released.

Sgt. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD said officers were called to a shooting on the campus on Harding Boulevard near the law center around 9:40 p.m. He said the officers found the victim in a parked car. He said the victim had life-threatening injuries after getting shot in the chest. He added there was a second person in the car who was not injured.

According to McKneely, McCray was found on the campus shortly after the shooting and taken into custody.

McCray is charged with attempted first-degree murder. Bond has not been set.

McKneely said detectives continue to investigate the shooting and are looking into the possible involvement of two or three other suspects.

Officials with Southern University are asking the SU community to remain alert and cautious and to report any suspicious activity or any information that may be related to the shooting. They have also confirmed that neither the victim or McCray are Southern students.

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Southern University sent a campus-wide alert around 11 p.m. and the campus was placed on lockdown as police blocked all the entrances. The lockdown was lifted around 1:10 a.m.

Southern officials urged students and staff to shelter in place overnight.

The investigation is ongoing.

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