UAPB football player dies in shooting accident

WAGGAMAN, La. (KATV) - A University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff linebacker died in a fatal gun accident in Waggaman, Louisiana early Tuesday morning.

According to authorities, a 16-year old friend of 20-year old Lydell Hartford, Jr., accidentally shot and killed him. {}

A spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said the teen discovered a .38-caliber pistol belonging to Hartford's mother in the back seat of her car.

The teen reportedly unloaded bullets until he thought the gun was empty and squeezed the trigger several times.

One bullet from the pistol struck Hartford in the neck and he died about an hour later.

The 16-year old boy was arrested and booked with negligent homicide.{}

In a statement, UAPB coaches and administrators expressed their sadness and condolences for Hartford's family. {}

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