Shooting Victim Identified as Former Harrison Basketball Star

The Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office has identified the victim of a fatal shooting Tuesday morning as 22-year-old Deniko Scott. Before graduating from Harrison High School in 2013, Scott was a standout for the Warriors boys basketball team.

Known for his toughness and rebounding ability, Scott was named second team All-Metro and received an honorable mention for all-state his senior year.

Coroner Steve Lockyear is classifying Scott's death as a homicide. Police responded to an alleyway in the 400-block of South Morton Avenue around 8:00 Tuesday morning in reference to a person down. A neighbor found Scott's body laying near her backyard and called police, said Sgt. Jason Cullum.

Scott had been shot but it's unclear how many times, Sgt. Cullum said.

Detectives and crime scene technicians spent about three hours at the scene Tuesday morning, canvassing the area and collecting evidence. Information is being held close to the vest by investigators as they try to piece together what might have happened. Police are also asking for the public's assistance.

"We don't have a time frame right now," Sgt. Cullum said. "That's why we're asking anybody that may have heard anything or seen anything like talking loudly or arguing; vehicles in the area that were suspicious or leaving at a high rate of speed. Any one of those things could be pertinent to this investigation."

Once the crime scene was released, some of Scott's family and friends solemnly stood where the body once laid.

"Why in the [expletive] did this happen," one friend screamed. "He was my brother!"

At a nearby park, many neighbors and curious onlookers gathered. Some neighbors said they've had enough of the violence in their community.

"Everybody we just need to get together and thank God we're here. You wouldn't want your mother or your son or your daughter shot," said Clarissa Harrison. "It's just too much going on in Evansville. We just need to quit doing all this killing and get together... I don't know what everybody is arguing and fighting over or killing each other for but it's stupid."

According to police records, there have been 23 people shot in Evansville so far this year, including five in the past eight days.


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