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Mom says son's shooting death was over stolen iPhone

Joey Davis was shot to death in Metairie Joey Davis was shot to death in Metairie
Joey Davis was shot to death in Metairie Joey Davis was shot to death in Metairie

New Orleans - Shandray Davis still can't believe it.  Her 15-year-old son Joey is dead.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's investigators say someone shot the teen outside apartments on Manson Avenue in Metairie Thursday night.

A deputy on his way to another call noticed a large crowd standing outside and as he drove closer, he heard several gunshots.

"The crowd disperses," says Col. John Fortunato of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. "At that time, he sees an African American male, young, wearing a black hoodie, tan pants armed with a handgun come out of the crowd where the individuals were running."

The deputy chased the gunman but eventually lost him. He then noticed Joey Davis on the ground with several gunshot wounds to his chest.  The teen died at University Hospital.

Davis's mom says he made straight A's at Grace King High School and hoped to try out for the basketball team.  He worked hard, according to his family, so they rewarded him last fall with an iPhone.

Shandray Davis says Joey loaned the phone to someone Wednesday and that person refused to return it.  He went back to get it Thursday night.

"I spoke with him about just letting it go and I can get you another phone," she says. "He like really just wouldn't let it go because he just felt like somewhat of his manhood was taken because, in spite of our living, he's never had to take anything from anybody."

Investigators are still trying to figure out if that's the motive for the shooting.

Davis's family now has to plan a funeral, but the thought is overwhelming.

"I just want to get some sleep and I can't even get to sleep," she says. "I don't even know when we're going to take place with that but it's going to have to happen eventually, we'll have to take care of that eventually but right now, I'm really just trying to put all this together."

Jefferson Parish investigators ask anyone with information about the shooting to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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