BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - An arrest has been made after a PhD student at LSU was shot and killed at a gas station he worked.
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 says 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 say Watts confessed to shooting and killing Md Firoz-Ul-Amin, 29. 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 say. 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.”
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.
A spokesman for LSU confirms Firoz-Ul-Amin 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-Ul-Amin 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-Ul-Amin’s Linkdin page shows he was expected to graduate with a PhD 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.”