Arrest made after PhD student at LSU shot and killed at gas station he worked at

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - An arrest has been made after a Ph.D. student at LSU was shot and killed at a gas station he worked at.

Md Firoz Firoz-Ulamin | Photo Source: WAFB

On Thursday, Sept. 12, Antonio Watts, 22, of Port Allen, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, illegal use of a weapon, and felon in possession of a weapon.

EBRSO said a concerned resident contacted detectives and gave them info about Watts as a possible person of interest. He was picked up Thursday and taken in for questioning. Officials said Watts confessed to shooting and killing Md Firoz Firoz-Ul-Amin, the victim. Watts reportedly gave detectives details of the murder that matched up with the surveillance video at the gas station.

In the video, Watts can be seen walking into the gas station, shooting Firoz-Ul-Amin unprovoked, officials said. He can then be seen stepping over Firoz-Ul-Amin’s body before taking cash from the register and leaving the store.

“It’s so important that those in the community who know something, say something. We want to get dangerous criminals off our streets,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. “My heart goes out to the friends, family and colleagues of Mr. Firoz-Ul-Amin. I hope that bringing the person responsible to justice will bring some closure.”

Deputies are investigating after a store clerk was fatally shot during a robbery early Saturday morning, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting happened at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Mr. Lucky’s Valero gas station, located at 1400 Airline Hwy. An unidentified man entered the building and shot the clerk before robbing the store, an EBRSO spokesman said.

The victim was identified by EBRSO as Md Firoz Firoz-Ul-Amin, 29.

A spokesman for LSU confirms Firoz-Ulamin was a doctoral student in the school’s computer science program.

J. Ram Ramanujam, director of LSU’s Center for Computation & Technology, wrote on Facebook that Firoz-Ulamin was working with Dr. Golden Richard III, a professor who specializes in digital forensics, memory forensics, reverse engineering, malware analysis, and operating systems.

Information on Firoz-Ulamin’s LinkedIn page shows he was expected to graduate with a Ph.D. in 2023.

LSU President F. King Alexander released the following statement Saturday:

“The entire LSU community mourns the tragic loss of Ph.D. student Md Firoz Firoz-Ulamin. He was an incredibly gifted student and researcher with such a promising future. Our thoughts are with his family, fellow students and his professors in the Computer Science and Engineering program at this time.”

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