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Was Popular College Football Player Killed During LA Party?

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A 22-year-old man was killed and another was wounded Sunday in a shooting at a party at the Brewery Lofts in Lincoln Heights.

Los Angeles police Sgt. Kristin Haggerty says the incident in the 600 block of Moulton Avenue was reported about 1:30 a.m.

One of the men was shot in the upper body and was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Haggerty.

A second victim was transported to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. His condition was not immediately known.

Investigators have not yet revealed the identity of the shooting victim but through Twitter, friends identify the man as University of Idaho wide receiver Ken McRoyal.

The Athletic Director of the school confirmed that McRoyal died in Los Angeles but did not elaborate.

McRoyal joined the Idaho Vandals last year as a walk on after he transferred from El Camino Junior College in Torrance. He played well enough to earn a scholarship for the upcoming season.

A native of New Orleans, he reportedly moved to California with his family after Hurricane Katrina. He was a graduate of Carson High School.

Edward Lawrence, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, spoke to neighbors who heard the gunfire.

Jacob LaTray said, “I just heard two, a couple of gunshots. I woke up and heard about six more gunshots. Thirty to 45 seconds after that, I walked over and there is a kid laying there. He was saying dial 911, dial 911. And that was it.”

For LaTray, the episode was disconcerting to say the least. “You look out and see someone shot. And you think, I hope they make it.”

Earlier in the evening, McRoyal reportedly attended a song-release party for Ray-J in Hollywood.

Officials now say a verbal dispute led to the shooting.

Police say they are looking for four people involved in the shooting, which is not believed to be gang-related.

No arrests have been made.

Lawrence also reported McRoyal was in Los Angeles visiting his girlfriend and the couple’s 1-year-old daughter.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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