An LSU basketball player named Wayne Sims was shot and killed on Friday morning. Police consider the killing a homicide, and are actively searching for his killers.
Sims, 20, was shot after an altercation broke out just after midnight across the street from Southern University, said police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McKneely. He was shot at 12:25 a.m. Friday near a Subway restaurant in the 600 block of Harding Boulevard, about a block from Southern’s A.W. Mumford Stadium.
New Orleans’ Fox 8, reports that Baton Rouge police are confirming that Wayne died after being transported to a hospital following a shooting near Southern University in Louisiana.
According to the police, Wayne’s shooting occurred around 12:25 a.m. local time Friday morning.
Detectives are asking anyone with insider into the killing to contact them.
Wayne was getting ready to start his junior year at LSU. The Louisiana native appeared in 63 games for the Tigers over the past two seasons. He averaged six points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
No one has been arrested in the shooting, but McKneely said police have spoken with some people who were present at the shooting. He said they continue to investigate the incident.
The crime scene was mostly cleared by 7 a.m. other than a bit of police tape left hanging on a tree nearby. The Subway restaurant was closed at the time of shooting.
Milton Talbert, who said he worked for years with Sims’ father, Wayne, went out to the scene this morning after he heard the tragic news.
“I just had to come down and see this,” Talbert said. “It’s just so sad that all our young people are just destroying each other, for no reason. … I just feel for Wayne and his wife this morning.”