For all yall that thought Young Jeezy got it popping in Orlando last weekend, I think L.A. rapper Nipsey Hussle got him beat. At least two are in serious condition after shots rang out at a Nipsey Hussle concert in Arizona.
Sources report Police have confirmed that another shooting victim at a Nipsey Hussle concert has come forward, bringing the total number of victims to 15 people.
Additionally, police have released the identity of one of the alleged shooters.Â Raynon Keswun Jones, 19, is accused of being one of three gunmen involved in the shooting, which left two of the 15 people in critical condition on Friday evening (March 2).
Â Police believe that Jones and two other men, who are allegedly members of The Bloods, taunted rival Crip gang members who were allegedly waiting in line to see Nipsey Hussle.
Witnesses say Jones was involved in a verbal altercation with another group and in the process flashed a gun in his waistband.
Another man flashed his weapon and the argument soon escalated into a shootout.
Nipsey, who has admitted that he was affiliated with the Crips in Los Angeles, has denied any involvement in the shooting.
The shooters were not ticket holders to the concert, which was held at The Clubhouse and Nipsey was still in his hotel room when the violence took place.
According to reports, police recovered a discovered a 9mm, .40-caliber and .357-caliber Magnum shells discarded near the crime scene.
Authorities say that there were no fatalities as of Saturday (March 3) morning, at least two people are in serious condition.
One suspect has been arrested, but two more have yet to be apprehended.
â€œPeople have reported that after the shooting, two black males wearing dark colored clothing fled the scene on foot,â€ stated Tempe Police spokesman Sergeant Steve Carbajal. â€œThose individuals have not been located at this time.â€
Hussle released a statement regarding the incident via hisÂ tumblr page:
“My deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the victims and their families who were affected by the tragic event that took place last night in Arizona, and I pray for the speedy recovery for anyone involved.
Contrary to current media reports, itâ€™s important note that these shootings did NOT happen inside a venue, concert, or show in which I was booked to perform, and at the time of the incident, I was in my hotel room.
I grew up on the streets of south central Los Angeles and have witnessed many tragedies in my lifetime. I never glorify any situation like this and think it is disgusting. Any fan of my music knows that I strongly oppose gun violence, and that I represent nothing but peace and progress through hard workâ€¦ that anyone can overcome adversity no matter what your social status in life, which is clearly addressed on my latest release, â€œThe Marathon Continues.â€
Many people will wrongfully attribute this incident to the hip-hop culture, which is purely and simply false. The alleged shooters were not ticket holders for my performance. Regardless, this incident is a tragic reminder of the circumstances that face our community every day, and my heart and prayers go out to the victims of this, and all the other senseless acts of violence occurring every day in our communities.
Allhiphop reports the shooting may have been in retaliation for the unsolved 2007 slaying of Deron Gibson, 19, who was killed in front of the same club.
Jones is being held in lieu of $1 million dollars bail.
Nipsey Hussle and a number of other popular rap artists have claimed allegiance to the either the Crips or the Bloods.
Rappers like Snoop Dogg, MC Eiht, Daz and Kurupt have all claimed to be Crips at one point or another.
Chart topping artists like Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, DJ Quik and Game have all admitted to their affiliation with various sects of the Bloods street gang.