Creighton University baseball administrator Ladell Thornton fatally shot

Creighton University baseball administrator Ladell Thornton fatally shot

A University of Nebraska baseball administrator was gunned down on Thursday outside a house he had recently sold to a real estate company, according to a report.

The Omaha World-Herald, citing officials, reported that a tenant of an Omaha house, Ladell Thornton, 43, is suspected of killing Christopher Gradoville, director of baseball operations at the University of Creighton.

The report states that Gradoville, 37, was found dead with several gunshot wounds outside the house around 7:55 a.m. after the company arrived there to complete the repair work.

It was not immediately clear what had led to the shooting.

Ladell Thornton was arrested in connection with the shooting.
Ladell Thornton was arrested in connection with the shooting.
Omaha Police
Gradoville recently sold the house it was struck outside.  He had gone there to complete the repair work.
Gradoville recently sold the house it was struck outside. He had gone there to complete the repair work.
Creighton University

Police said Thornton, who is believed to have a long criminal history, recently started renting out the property.

The report says he was taken into custody at the scene and then arrested on suspicion of first degree murder and use of a weapon.

Creighton University responded to the death of Gradoville, who also played baseball for the school from 2004 to 2007.

Gradoville was the director of baseball operations at Creighton University in Omaha.
Gradoville was the director of baseball operations at Creighton University in Omaha.
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“The community of Creighton is deeply devastated by the death of Chris Gradoville,” the university said in a statement.

“Chris represented the best of being the BlueJs. He was a former student, an outstanding former baseball player and a volunteer director of baseball operations.

The report says Gradoville was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 24th round of the 2007 MLB Draft. In his fourth and final season, he played for their AAA team.

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