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More Details About Shooting Involving 2 LSU Football Players Released

A closeup of LSU's Tiger eye logo.

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22: A player warms up in front of a detail of the logo on the field of the LSU Tigers prior to the the game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

This afternoon, reports emerged about a fatal incident involving a pair of LSU student-athletes. It has now been revealed that the two are LSU football players, and their identities have been confirmed by their attorney.

Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire had previously been identified as one of the Tigers players involved in the shooting. It is now known that he was with teammate Jared Small, a redshirt freshman linebacker.

The two were in the car when a third person, who is not an LSU student, was shot and killed.

Both players, who are Baton Rouge natives, were detained, but local authorities say no arrests have been made.

The attorney for the two LSU football players says that the shooting was an act of self-defense.

The latest, from The Advocate:

The two LSU football players taken in for questioning were Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jared Small, according to the attorneys representing the athletes.

"We believe this is an act of self-defense and the evidence will show that," said Christopher Murell, one of the three attorneys representing Edwards-Helaire and Small, who are both graduates of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge.

There is not much yet known about the incident, including a motive for the entire thing. Both players have been released from police custody.

According to the police spokesman, the two players stayed at the scene after the shooting, and called 911.

We'll have more as it unfolds.

[The Advocate]