SLIDELL, La. — The victim in a fatal weekend shooting in Louisiana had been arrested earlier this year in the road-rage beating of a 73-year-old man.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that 20-year-old Brett McCraney died early Sunday . Police responding to a 1 a.m. report of gunshots found him in the parking lot of apartments near the New Orleans suburb of Slidell. A 20-year-old suspect was jailed in St. Tammany Parish on a charge of second-degree murder.

McCraney had been arrested in July in the severe beating of a driver.

McCraney told police then that he and a friend were crossing a street on foot when the man nearly hit them. Police said they yelled at the driver and he pulled over, which they interpreted as a sign of aggression.


Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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