Lor Scoota, 23, real name -Tyriece Travon Watson, died at a local hospital after he was shot once
Lor Scoota was killed in an what seemed to be a targeted shooting after leaving anti-gun violence rally in broad daylight on a busy intersection in the city on Saturday, after the shooter jumped in front of the musician’s car and opened fire
Investigators believe the ambush was a targeted attack, with Scoota as the intended victim.
Positive Effect …had to have had a positive effect hence the killing
“A lot of young people knew him, and looked up to him,” Smith said. “And whatever he might have been doing in the past, it appears he was doing some things to change his life and use those experiences to help empower other young people in our city of Baltimore.”
“A kid that has been involved in a number of different rallies for peace throughout our city is the latest victim of crime here in Baltimore,” Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith
“Upon arrival, officers located an adult male who was suffering from at least one gunshot wound,” police said. “That victim was transported to an area hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.”
Graphic: Video of aftermath of the incident below
Police say –
“Several witnesses have confirmed that the victim was driving eastbound on Moravia Road at Harford Road when an unknown suspect stepped into the street and opened fire at the victim,” police said. “Preliminarily, this appears to be a targeted incident.”
He was pronounced dead about 8:30 p.m.
Amid the ascent of the Black Lives Matter movement, Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota weaves together a line about how the killings permeate social arrangements and social media on his song ‘Ready Or Not‘: ‘How I’m supposed to live with all this death in my sight/ Keep you niggas by your side because niggas dying left and right/ I see rest in peace on IG three times a night.’ The lyrics don’t condemn the killings. Not in the way Kendrick (Lamar) does on ‘The Blacker the Berry,’ where his condemnation of street violence comes wrapped in a broader denunciation of the community (“So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street, when gang banging made me kill a nigga blacker than me?”). But Lor Scoota doesn’t have the luxury to explicitly denounce violence or the community. He is still surrounded by that violence, still navigating the community. His political statement is about the cost of survival, the need to stay close to your friends, the mental toll of repeatedly seeing the death on Instagram. – J. Brian Charles