Lor Scoota, a rising rapper within the Baltimore hip-hop scene, was shot and killed in broad daylight Saturday in Northeast Baltimore, according to Baltimore CBS Local. He was 23 years old.
Lor Scoota, whose real name is Tyriece Watson, sustained at least one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The Baltimore Police Department gathered from witnesses on the scene that Scoota was driving eastbound on Moravia Road at Harford Road when a suspect stepped into the street and opened fire at him. Police authorities responded to the incident at approximately 6:56 p.m.
Police confirm that the suspect was a black male who wore a white bandana. Currently, they don’t have any further details, but the public are encouraged to call detectives at (410) 396-2100 or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
T.J. Smith, director of media relations for Baltimore Police, tweeted his thoughts on Scoota’s death:
We have to be tired of this. Can #Scoota be a wake up call for us? He entertained many, now gone, just like that. We are better than this.— T.J. Smith (@TJSmithMedia) June 26, 2016
Just hours before, Scoota hosted a charity basketball game called “Touch the People Pray for Peace in These Streets” at Morgan State University, according to Councilman Nick J. Mosby. He released a statement last night on the passing of Scoota:
While Scoota was still coming up in hip-hop, he was respected by plenty of established rappers such as Meek Mill, The Game, and Yo Gotti.
A photo posted by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Jun 25, 2016 at 6:25pm PDT
Another young one murdered. Just last year the lil homie @scootaupnext was over my left shoulder in the huddle working on #TheDocumentary2 everyday in Los Angeles....... Then this news hits me SMH. LIFE......... hold onto it, or you'll lose it & everything in it in the blink of an eye. #RipLorScoota
A photo posted by The Game (@losangelesconfidential) on Jun 26, 2016 at 7:17am PDT
Dam..... Rip Scoota #Bmore 🙏🏽— Yo Gotti (@yogottikom) June 26, 2016
Shy Glizzy, who collaborated on his popular single “Bird Flu,” also shared his condolences on Instagram:
They hate it when a young nigga shining. Gotta stay out these suckas way.. They then got my boy smh damn!! I wish I could rewind last week. "I got you tho shordy" (ur voice) Fligh high baby boy.. We gon ball for you! #TheShiner #MyNigga4eva
A video posted by $Jefe$ (@shyglizzy) on Jun 26, 2016 at 11:47am PDT
Scoota’s campaign online was #ScootaUpNext, which saw the support of many of his fans and peers. He released a string of volumes for his Still in the Trenches series, recently dropping the third installment that featured Glizzy, PNB Rock, and YFN Lucci last December. Scoota was signed to Young Ballers Shining Records, and was affiliated with Meek Mill and his Dreamchasers team. Check out some of Scoota’s standout records below.