Killing of rapper ‘Jay Da Youngan’ linked to bigger problem, Bogaloosa police warn

“There are young people who die because of nonsense because they don’t agree with each other.”

BOGALOSA, Louisiana — Javorios Scott, 24, who uses the stage name “JayDaYoungan,” is known as a rapper in his hometown of Bogaloosa. His rise in the music industry ended Wednesday night when police said he was shot multiple times outside a home on Superior Avenue.

His father, Kenyatta Scott Sr., was also shot, the family said. He is expected to survive.

“It’s sad. This is Bogaloosa. It’s a small community,” said Bogaloosa Police Chief Kendall Brun.

There was a second shooting at the scene, just minutes away, Bren said. An SUV was hit near the intersection of Marshall Richardson and Ott Roads.

Ray McGowan’s home was hit by several bullets in the process.

“I was watching TV and I heard about seven or eight shots, so I just lay on the floor,” McGowan said.

McGowan pointed to at least five bullet holes in the side of his home and at least two through the walls of his bedroom.

“This is where I was supposed to lie,” McGowan said, pointing to a specific bullet hole. “That’s where my bed was. It hit my pillow.”

There was a third shooting late Wednesday night near Notre Dame Angel Hospital, where a house was shot, Bren said. All are safe and sound.

“The shooting ended in a car chase and the suspect was released on bail and the weapon was thrown,” Bullen said. “We recovered three long guns that were involved in the shooting.”

All three shootings were interconnected and part of a larger problem of violence, Bullen said.

“Sometimes a lot of our shootings and things with young communities seem to be the opposite of the rappers they care about and support,” Bullen said.

This isn’t the first fatal shooting involving a rapper in the city. Police said a rivalry between the two rap groups led to the murder of 19-year-old rapper Michael Bullock, who was hiding in Bogaloosa last summer.

“There are young people who die because of bullshit because they don’t agree with each other,” Bullen said.

McGowan said it was disturbing to learn that young people were involved in such violence.

“It’s sad. It’s sad people,” McGowan said.

In recent months, investigators have linked Scott to crimes involving gang rivalry in parts of rural Louisiana. Scott was jailed in June for possessing a firearm during an indictment or felony, according to a Justice Department press release. He was indicted for a felony in Harris County, Texas. In the Louisiana case, a judge sentenced him to serve seven months in prison.

Additionally, our partner at The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate reports that Scott was arrested on Sept. 16 by Tangipahoa representatives on a second-degree murder and obstruction of justice warrant for helping in the Roseland shooting. A key murder suspect evaded law enforcement.

With a massive social media following, with more than 2.8 million followers on Instagram, the tributes to Scott have not stopped since news of Scott’s death broke. On Thursday afternoon, family members gathered outside the home where both were shot.

They didn’t want to speak on camera, but said Scott cared about his family and focused on his now departed 2-year-old son.

Bren said suspects in the second and third shootings have been identified and warrants have been issued. Police are still investigating the suspect in connection with the first killing of Scott. City leaders are imploring anyone with information to come forward.

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