A well-known teenage Baton Rouge rapper was booked Thursday into Parish Prison on two counts of attempted second-degree murder in a Nov. 2 drive-by shooting on Kentucky Street.
Kentrell Gaulden, 17, who performs under the name NBA YoungBoy, was arrested in Austin, Texas, last week and driven back to Baton Rouge late Wednesday by city police officers, said Sgt. L'Jean McKneely, a police spokesman. Gaulden's arrest, according to several news reports, came as he arrived at a scheduled concert in the Texas capital.
Gaulden was one of a pair of gunmen who hopped out of a car and opened fire at several people in the 2000 block of Kentucky Street, a Baton Rouge police report says.
Another passenger in the car with Gaulden was shot in the neck during the gunfire. The group managed to drive away but abandoned the car between the LSU lakes, where police found the wounded man in the car. The passenger in Gaulden's car who was wounded was rushed to the hospital and survived.
Witnesses later identified Gaulden as one of the gunmen, according to the report.
The shooting attracted particular attention as police shut down areas around the lakes and sent scuba divers into the water to search for possible evidence. It was part of a string of gunfire that rocked the Old South Baton Rouge neighborhood over several days and put police and residents on edge.
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The Kentucky Street shooting came hours after Keondrae Ricks, an 18-year-old McKinley High School student, was gunned down about a block from his home on Nebraska Street as he rode his bike just after midnight.
About 24 hours after Gaulden allegedly opened fire on Kentucky Street, another drive-by shooting in the same block where Ricks was killed left the front of two homes riddled with bullets, although no one was injured. Derrick Keith Guice, the 20-year-old brother of LSU star running back Derrius Guice, was arrested the next day.
Police allege Derrick Guice drove the car while two others fired 37 rounds during the incident, according to court records. He was booked into Parish Prison as a principal to two counts of aggravated criminal damage to property and as a principal to one count each of attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and simple criminal damage to property.
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No one has been arrested in Ricks' death, though McKneely said detectives would be investigating whether Gaulden is possibly linked to those other shootings.
McKneely said detectives haven't definitively established whether the drive-by shootings and the Nebraska Street slaying are connected but said they're investigating that possibility.
"All those shootings happened around the same time, around the same area, with a group of people feuding," McKneely said. "But at this point, we can't say he (Gaulden) was actually involved."
A profile of Gaulden in The Fader music magazine in August declared him Baton Rouge's "most promising" and "rawest new rapper." While speaking with the magazine's reporter, Gaulden kept a Glock handgun with an extended clip "half-tucked into his jeans all day," according to the magazine profile.
The profile suggested Gaulden was in talks with record labels and had plans to move to the West Coast. He remained in jail Friday evening in lieu of $200,000 bail.