Man shot dead in Orlando identified as former NBA player Adreian Payne. Officials in Orange County have confirmed that basketball star Adreian Payne died early Monday morning in Orlando.
Deputies were called to the 2500 block of Egret Shores Drive around 1:30 a.m. he was pronounced dead. A neighbor Brett Bowers said he heard one gunshot around that time.
“We just heard a gunshot and then we heard sound and then we heard a scream. We came to the window and we just saw a lady run up and down the street, kind of panicking and had a kid right behind her and we didn’t know who was in the car or what,” Bowers said.
The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Lawrence Dority.
Officials say Dority stayed at the scene and was transported to OCSO headquarters where he was interviewed by homicide detectives.
Dority has been arrested for first-degree murder and lodged in the Orange County Jail.
Investigators focused on a black car stopped in the street with its passenger door open.
“When we found out who it was, we were like man, this is tragic, like it’s an unfortunate circumstance that took place,” Bowers said.
They also roped off a section of the town home community.
Sports Illustrated reports the victim, Adreian Payne, rose to prominence at Michigan State where he was named to the All-Big Ten Team.
“He was a kid that cared about everyone passionately. Sometimes he was misunderstood, but he definitely had a huge heart” Dwayne Stephens, former Michigan State Coach said. “He called to wish my wife a happy mother’s Day. That happens, sad.”
Payne played in 107 NBA games, averaging four points and three rebounds, over four seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic.
The Orlando Magic tweeted:
“The @OrlandoMagic are saddened to learn of the tragic death of Adreian Payne. Adreian was a two-way player that appeared in five games with Orlando during the 2017-18 season, and also spent time with the Lakeland Magic of the NBA G League. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
What sparked this shooting and any other details are still under investigation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.