Twenty-three-year-old New Orleans Pelicans player Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot in Dallas early Saturday after accidentally entering the wrong apartment, reports CNN.
The Chicago native, who played as a rookie guard for the Pelicans, was in Texas to visit his girlfriend for his daughter’s first birthday, said his agent, Scott Nichols, the report says.
The incident occurred after a resident heard someone kick open the door of his apartment, police spokesman DeMarquis Black said in a statement.
The resident said “he called out to the individual, but was not answered,” and when the resident’s bedroom door was kicked open, the resident fired his gun, police said.
Dejean-Jones collapsed in the breezeway, police said. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries, Black said.
This was the first time Dejean-Jones visited her new apartment, Nichols said. Later that night Dejean-Jones came back to the apartment complex but went to the wrong unit on the third floor, just below his girlfriend’s fourth-floor apartment, Nichols said.
The Pelicans mourned the loss, statement, releasing a statement, saying: “We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life who had such a promising future ahead of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.”
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