22-year-old Austin Rashaad Norwood of Walker, Louisiana, was shot and killed in Baton Rouge after going to sell a cell phone he posted online. To the best of my knowledge, it has not been made public which site or app Mr. Norwood used. Mr. Norwood and his cousin went to an apartment complex to sell the phone. Instead, at least 11 bullets ripped through the car striking both men in what police believe was a robbery attempt. As of yesterday, no suspects have been apprehended. Mr. Norwood was said to have been an honor student with no criminal record and an aspiring music producer. Another life full of potential snuffed out just because some street trash wanted to make a few quick bucks.
No matter what platform you use, if it requires face to face meetings, insist on meeting at a local police station. If they say they can’t, don’t go. If any red flag presents itself, listen to your gut. It’s not worth losing your life over. You may also want to consider just posting your item on eBay. That way, all you have to do is take it to the post office. Although, eBay presents its own set of problems, but none are as dangerous as murder.
Police are asking anyone for information about the shooting.
Anyone with information about this shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.