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Police identify suspect in Thursday shooting on Southern's campus

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BATON ROUGE - Police have identified the suspect arrested in connection to a shooting on Southern University's campus Thursday night.

Baton Rouge Police Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely Jr. identified the shooter as 20-year-old Larry McCray of Reserve, La. McCray will be charged with attempted first degree murder. He was taken into custody on campus near a university dorm. 

Police believe more arrests are possible as the investigation continues. 

EMS confirmed that a 19-year-old male was shot during a robbery near the university's library after 9:40 p.m. Thursday night. The victim was transferred to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital and is now in critical condition.

Thursday's shooting prompted the school to go into lockdown for five hours overnight. The lockdown was lifted early Friday morning after McCray was taken into custody.

McKneely stressed that the shooting was an isolated incident and did not involve any Southern University students.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the BRPD Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869. 

Southern Univesity Police say that there will be an increase of police presence on campus through the end of the current semester. 

Southern University's full statement is below:

"The Southern University Police Department (SUPD) and the Baton Rouge Police Department continue to investigate a shooting incident that occurred on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus Thursday evening November 17, 2016. The campus is secure and the University is committed to providing a safe living and learning environment for its faculty, staff, students, and visitors. SUPD is asking the SU community to remain alert and cautious and to report any suspicious activity or any information that may be related to the shooting.

SUPD confirmed that a 19-year-old male victim critically injured during the shooting incident was treated on the scene by emergency personnel and was transported to a local hospital where he remains. SUPD detectives and the SU Police Department arrested Larry McCray, 20, of Reserve, Louisiana, as a suspect in connection with the shooting. SUPD reports neither the victim nor the suspect is a Southern University student.

The University is looking forward to hosting, this Saturday close to 2000 prospective students for our annual Jaguar Preview High School Day. The SU Jaguars will salute senior student-athletes in the last home game for the season in A.W. Mumford Stadium, kick off at 4 p.m.

A team of staff and volunteers are ready to assist visitors, guests, and fans arriving and leaving the campus for events. As always, gameday on the Bluff will be safe and secure with law enforcement officers assisting with traffic and parking and security.

The University held a press conference today in the A.W. Mumford Fieldhouse to provide an update from SUPD and the Baton Rouge Police Department, and campus leaders. A BRPD press release is attached."

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