A 17-year-old was shot to death Sunday night in Baton Rouge, leaving few clues as to who was behind the killing, a police official said.
Roy Veal was shot multiple times in the torso about 10 p.m., Baton Rouge police Sgt. Don Coppola said.
The teenager died just outside his porch, said his mother, Tiffany Veal, 38. A spot on her gravel driveway was stained deep red, near where she was sitting on her stoop on Monday.
“A man knocked on the door,” she said, and the unknown visitor summoned her son outside to talk.
“Two minutes later, I heard gunshots. I ran to the door. When I made it to the door, (my son) was running in the yard, and he said, ‘Mama,’ and he collapsed right here,” she said.
“He died at his doorstep,” she said.
Roy Veal, 5179 Madison Ave., was not attending school and instead was devoted to helping his mother take care of his sister, who has developmental disabilities, she said.
Tiffany Veal described her son as a “happy, jolly person” who loved to rap.
He performed by the name “Lil Roy,” said his girlfriend of about two years, Latoy Bennett, 18.
Last month, Roy Veal was arrested on a count of aggravated assault with a firearm and illegal carrying of a weapon in a firearm-free zone when, according to an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s report, he pointed a loaded pistol at a school bus carrying 24 people, most of whom were children.
In that incident about 3 p.m. Jan. 28, Roy Veal and another 17-year-old were found with the weapon. Veal had said he found it in the bushes outside Our Lady of the Lake hospital, according to the report.
But Tiffany Veal said that incident was out of character for her son. She declined to speak further about the arrest.
There are no suspects or known motives in the crime, Coppola said.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.