Rappers Roddy Ricch and 42 Dugg are safe after a shooting broke out during a rap video shoot.
Atlanta police say two people were shot, and a third person was injured by debris. The set of a rap music video turned into a real-life shootout late Sunday afternoon in southwest Atlanta. Neither artist was hurt during the altercation.
The police report says officers responded to shots fired at a scrap yard on Wells Street around 4 pm. When they arrived, a man was injured by flying debris during the shoot-out. Two other men were shot during the incident and took themselves to Grady Memorial Hospital. Both men are reported to be in stable condition and recovering from their injuries.
Witnesses say gunshots broke out on the set, and 50 people scattered, looking for a hiding spot from stray bullets and gunfire.
“Everyone started running, trying to get out. Or take cover, lots of places to take cover in there,” one witness told local news station WSB-TV. Police officers have detained and arrested a 40-year-old man on a drug charge, but he is not suspected of shooting anyone. Investigators are still seeking information about potential suspects in the shooting.
After news broke online about the shooting, a death hoax about Roddy Ricch and 42 Dugg began spreading online.
Rapper 42 Dugg was the first to break his silence about the day’s events online. He took to Instagram Live to put to rest the rumors about his death. He said he was not present at the time the shooting broke out. After Dugg confirmed he was not dead, Roddy Ricch took to social media to confirm the same.
“Ain’t nobody shoot at me. We all good. I’m just trying to feed the streets,” Roddy Ricch wrote to fans on Twitter. “Appreciate the concern, but nobody got shot.”
Rappers getting shot is, unfortunately, a common occurrence. On March 31st, 2019, LA-native Nipsey Hussle was murdered outside his clothing store. He spent 30-minutes signing autographs and chatting with fans before being shot by Eric Holder. Hussle was shot at least ten times, with both a pistol and a revolver.
Holder has pled not guilty to those charges and is now awaiting a trial. The trial has been pushed back at least twice since the coronavirus pandemic started. It was recently pushed back for the third time to February 24th after the judge who was initially presiding over the trial retired.