Rapper Young Greatness shot dead: Theodore Jones rapper killed in New Orleans shooting at Waffle Parking Lot. Two suspects wanted. Motive remains unknown.
Rapper Young Greatness, born Theodore Jones has died after being killed in a shooting early Monday morning on Elysian Fields Avenue, Louisiana.
Jones’ mother, Jeanine Rose, told WDSU her son was fatally shot in a Waffle House parking lot early Monday. He was in New Orleans for a funeral and was Facetiming with his manager when the shooting started.
Young Greatness is known for his 2015 song, “Moolah,” which made it to the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The music video was set in New Orleans. Jones is a New Orleans native, who moved to Houston after Hurricane Katrina, according to media reports.
Family members identify Theodore Jones, known by his rap name #YoungGreatness, as the victim of an overnight shooting. @HeathAllenWDSU spoke with Jones’ mother, Jeanine Rose. She says, “It’s too many mothers making slow walks to sad tombs.” @wdsu pic.twitter.com/5MZZ6E2eXC
— Kweilyn Murphy (@KweilynWDSU) October 29, 2018
NOPD continues to investigate overnight murder at Waffle House on Elysian Fields. Family members say Theodore Jones, known “Young Greatness” was an up and coming rap artist.@wdsu pic.twitter.com/aaxmzURUln
— Heath Allen (@HeathAllenWDSU) October 29, 2018
According to preliminary information from the New Orleans Police Department, the 34 year old rapper was fatally shot in the back. NOPD said they believe two people, who have not been identified yet, were involved in the shooting. The two suspects also took the Theodore Jones’ vehicle. Authorities did not release a description of the suspects or the vehicle that was stolen.
‘You wouldn’t expect that coming happening with him,’ one of his friends’ at the scene told Eyewitness News. ‘Dude wasn’t into nothing but his music and his daughter … Wasn’t into nothing else man.’
After the shooting, the Waffle House parking lot location was taped off, as well as a portion of the 2100 block of Abundance Street, which borders the lot.
Not immediately clear was whether security xameras captured the shooting or if NOPD had obtained the video, with the Waffle House manager on Monday mid-morning deferred questions to a corporate media office.
Authorities did not release any additional details, including a possible motive or a description of a potential suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call NOPD Homicide Detective Brett Mathes at 504-658-5300 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.