Rapper JayDaYoungan was shot dead by five men who ambushed him while he and his father were sitting outside their Louisiana home.
The musician, whose real name was Javorius Scott, was shot at least eight times according to his father, Kenyatta Scott, who was shot twice in the arm.
Speaking to TMZ, Scott told how he and his 24-year-old son were sitting on the lawn outside their Bogalusa home on Wednesday evening when a black truck pulled up in front of them and three people with guns jumped out.
Scott said as he and his son tried to flee to their house they were met by two more people with guns who opened fire on them.
The father had his own gun on him and shot back at the attackers. JayDaYoungan was rushed to the hospital while suffering heavy blood loss and died there after undergoing surgery. His father remains in the hospital in stable condition.
Despite Scott’s account police said they are only looking for one shooter, and have not yet identified any suspects. Bogalusa Police Chief Kendall Bullen told TMZ that his department is looking into all motives for the shooting, including gang-related activity.
JayDaYoungan was signed to Atlantic records in 2017. He had just been released from prison in June for gun-related charges.
JayDaYoungan, 24, whose real name is Javorius Scott, died after being shot outside the home in Bogalusa, alongside a male relative, Kenyatta Scott Sr., police confirmed
Police made the announcement that JayDaYoungan had died just before midnight. Scott Sr. – who some reports say is the rapper’s father – was reported to be in stable condition
Police outside JayDaYoung’s Louisiana home after the shooting. The rapper’s blue car can be seen in the driveway
The rapper’s father said he did not believe the attack was gang-related, claiming his son did not have conflicts with anyone.
Instead Scott said he thought the attack was fueled by jealousy, that the person behind the attack was envious of his son’s success.
Scott said he hoped his son would be remembered as a ‘good, humble and respectful kid.’
JayDaJoungan’s grandfather, LC Jefferson told WDSU that the family was determined to find the killers.
‘There will be no stone left unturned until we find out who took him,’ he said,
‘This is only what I hear. Someone came from behind the house with a ski mask on and gunned him down. In broad daylight. On a busy road. People have gotten so comfortable to where they think they can shoot someone down and not be caught.’
Police outside the home of JayDayYoungan after he was shot dead on Wednesday evening
The rapper’s father said he did not believe the attack was gang-related, claiming his son didn’t have conflicts with anybody
Instead Scott said he thought the attack was fueled by jealousy, that the person behind the attack was envious of his son’s success
JayDaJoungan’s grandfather, LC Jefferson (above) told WDSU that the family was determined to find the killers
Two other shootings where nobody was hurt took place nearby that same night. Police say they were related to the attack that killed JayDaYoungan but have not provided any further details.
Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette called for vigilance on the part of community members to put an end to local violence.
‘The senseless shooting in Bogalusa [is] another tragic reminder of the pain that violent crime brings with it,’ she said in a statement, ‘My thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ family and friends. As your mayor and as a mother I plead on behalf of our community and for our children: today must mean enough is finally enough. Stop the violence! See something, say something.’
JayDaYoungan faced five years in prison for the gun charges, but was released in June and credited with time served
JayDaYoungan was signed to Atlantic records in 2017. He had worked alongside rappers like Lil Durk, Boosie Badazz, Moneybagg Yo, and Lato
In October of 2021 police caught JayDaYoungan with a 9mm pistol he was not allowed to carry due to indictments he was facing in Texas over charges of assault on a pregnant woman and illegal possession of Oxycodone.
He faced five years in prison for the gun charges, but was released last month and credited with time served.
JayDaYoungan was also out on $175,000 bond at the time after a September 21 arrest for suspicion of being an accessory to second degree murder and obstruction of justice.
That arrest stemmed from an August 2020 incident in which a gunman fired a gun in a crowd of about 100 people, unintentionally killing a 21-year-old. It is unclear whether JayDaYoungan was connected to the shooting.
The rapper was a proud father to a young son, whom he often shared photos of on his Instagram account
The rapper was a proud father to a young son, whom he often shared photos of on his Instagram account.
In his last Instagram post – made a day ago – JayDaYoungan rapped while dancing and playing with his son.
JayDaYoungan’s most well known singles are Opps, 23 Island, and Elimination. His 2019 album Misunderstood reached #43 on the top 200 Billboard charts.
After dropping out of high school at 18 to pursue music, the rapper saw early success releasing his music on YouTube and promoting himself through social media.
JayDaYoungan was signed to Atlantic records in 2017. He had worked alongside rappers like Lil Durk, Boosie Badazz, Moneybagg Yo, and Lato.
It is unclear how much money the 24-year-old made in his short career, but a 2021 press release from Atlantic Records said he had garnered at least 2.8 billion streams from across the globe.