A Kennesaw State University football player tragically lost his life after more than four dozen shots were fired at his car in the Florida Panhandle early Thursday morning.
Ladarius Clardy, 18, was found by medics after being flagged down by a bicyclist who saw his car crash down an embankment.
“This was an intentional act. Someone fired over 50 rounds into the car, most of them into the car door, the driver’s door. And the injuries that Ladarius Clardy suffered ultimately took his life,” said the sheriff said a 5 p.m. press conference on Thursday.
“Ladarius had just been in town for a couple of hours. He plays ball at Kennesaw State and he had just come to town a couple of hours before this and he was with a friend of his,” the sheriff said.
The Florida native and Kennesaw State University quarterback was pronounced dead at scene. A 19-year-old passenger was found in the car with Clardy. He was taken to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.
Clardy appeared in two games during the 2020 season.
“We are devastated and heartbroken over the death of Ladarius Clardy,” KSU head football coach Brian Bohannon said in a statement released by the university. “Ladarius was an excellent teammate and left a mark on this program with his positive attitude. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ladarius’ family at this difficult time.”