Investigators seek witnesses in former McKinley quarterback shooting

Investigators seek witnesses in former McKinley quarterback shooting

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Bryant Lee was the former star quarterback at McKinley Senior High School and just days away from graduating with honors when his life was cut short.

"Another fine young man who's been gunned down due to gun violence," said Herman Brister, principal of McKinley High School.

Brister said receiving a call Saturday morning that one of his students was in the fight of his life was shocking.

"He was one of those students you didn't have to worry about," Brister added.

According to Brister, Lee's smile and polite demeanor was adored from the teachers down to his peers and that Bryant was a "yes sir, no sir type of kid."

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported it received a call just before 2 a.m. about a fight that led to a shooting on Sparrow Street. Lee, 18, was shot in the head.

Although police are in the early stages of the investigation, they're already facing a roadblock. Investigators said more than 100 people were at the party, but hardly anyone is talking.

"We have yet to have someone come forward to give us information," said Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr. with BRPD. "There are individuals that saw this happen from beginning to end and we as police officers can only do so much."

Investigators said a small number of people who didn't run from the scene contributed information anonymously. Now, they are pleading with the public to help catch a killer.

"They should want this thing to be handled and settled the right way. They should want the individual that did the shooting or individuals who did the shooting to face justice. A young life, promising future, now he has no future," McKneely explained.

A team of counselors through the East Baton Rouge Parish School District has been made available to help support students and faculty.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for any information that will help catch the person responsible. If you know anything, call (225) 344-7867.

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