Update, 10 a.m. Friday: The second suspect, Donovan Williams, has turned himself in to police, according to a WWL-TV report.
New Orleans police have arrested one suspect and are searching for another after a rising senior at St. Augustine High School died Wednesday from wounds he suffered in a New Orleans East shooting the day before.
Police said Jawara Givens, 18, was sitting inside an SUV in the 6800 block of Lake Kenilworth Drive about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when several men with guns approached and started shooting.
Givens was taken to a hospital, where he survived for a day before succumbing to his injuries.
Sgt. Nicholas Gernon, commander of the New Orleans Police Department’s Homicide Division, said detectives obtained arrest warrants for two men in the killing: 22-year-old Trever Mitchell and 25-year-old Donovan Williams.
Police said Mitchell turned himself in to authorities Thursday evening.
While the motive behind the killing remained under investigation, Gernon said investigators “believe that there is a relationship between (Givens) and the suspects.”
“But the victim wasn’t involved in anything, no kind of wrongdoing,” he added. “He was doing what he was supposed to do, living the straight and narrow life.”
“Unfortunately,” he added, “there was some kind of ongoing dispute between him and the shooters, and they decided to take it out on him.”
The school held a memorial service for Givens on Thursday.
“Jawara was admired by faculty and peers alike,” Oyd Craddock, St. Augustine’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “It is with a shared sense of shock and sadness that the St. Augustine High School family expresses our utmost sympathy over the meaningless act of violence that resulted in the devastating loss of our bright, rising senior.”