Nearly a dozen people were injured in a mass shooting at a Miami Gardens, Florida restaurant where the rapper French Montana was filming a music video Thursday night.
The carnage unfolded at the Licking, a soul food restaurant, around 8 p.m. in the parking lot.
10 injured in hip hop shooting
The rapper Ced Mogul said that the music video was to be shot at a KFC but was moved because of an “altercation,” AP reported.
The details of the shooting are unclear — but Mogul, who witnessed the incident at the Licking, said a scuffle began when a person in the crowd had their watch, keys and wallet stolen.
“[He asked to] call his mother and see if we can get spare car keys and make sure, you know, he’s OK, and then the gunshots went off,” said Mogul, “at least 13, 14, 15 gunshots. It was very rapid, it sounded like an assault rifle.”
10 people were injured, four of whom were airlifted to the hospital. At least one was left in critical condition.
The Licking said the restaurant received last-minute notice that French Montana would be filming in the restaurant’s rear parking lot.
“Our hearts are heavy and go out to the victims of this senseless act,” The Licking, which is owned by hip hop artist DJ Khaled, said. “We were not aware of a video being filmed and found out last min(ute) French Montana was shooting a scene in the back parking lot. We have no idea what actually took place. The Licking restaurant has nothing to do with the incident and has given police the necessary footage requested.”
Another witness, Wilmark Baez, said his dog ran away from the sound of the gunshots. Baez issued an urgent call for peace.
“You all need to fight with hands if you’re going to fight over something, not with guns. Stop the violence. This is ridiculous,” Baez said.
French Montana, who was not injured, said that his entourage was in “the wrong place at the wrong time” when the violence occurred. He sent thoughts and prayers to the victims.
“Last night, I was in Miami celebrating the release of my CB6 mixtape w/ friends at a local restaurant. We unfortunately were at the wrong place, at the wrong time when an incident took place that left people hurt. Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the victims & families at this time,” he said.
This is just the latest tragic incident to rock the hip hop community.
In November, the popular trap music rapper Takeoff, from the trio Migos, was shot dead after a fight outside of a Houston bowling alley.