Rapper Benny Butcher, a member of the hip hop group Griselda, was shot during a robbery outside a shop in Houston, Texas on Sunday.
Houston police spokesman Jodi Silva said the 35-year-old artist, whose real name is Jerry Penick, was shot in the foot on the southwest side of the city at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of Walmart. As Penick stepped out of his Rolls Royce, he said that five men wearing masks came to him and two others who were with him demanded his chains.
Silva mentioned that one of the suspects felt that the rapper was moving too slowly and later shot him.
He said the suspects fled the scene and Penick was taken to the hospital. He is in stable condition and is expected to survive. Those present with him during the shooting were not injured.
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Silva said the suspects are at large and investigations are ongoing. Details of the suspects were not immediately released, but investigators said they were spotted in a Chevy Malibu.
The rapper, who originally comes from Buffalo, New York, released his second studio album, “Burden of Proof”, last month. He recently signed a management agreement with Raw Nation, an entertainment agency founded by Jay-Z, a superstar rapper and entrepreneur.
Penis is the third rapper in Texas to become the victim of gun violence in less than a week.
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Hours before the incident involving Penick, another hip hop artist, Boosie Badz, whose real name was Torrance Hatch, was also shot in the leg. This happened exactly one day after Hatch took part in a vigil for Dallas rapper Mo3, who was shot and killed last Wednesday during a daytime attack on a highway in his hometown. The 38-year-old native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, told his fans in a Facebook post on Sunday that he was fine.
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Police have not announced whether arrests have been made in both cases. The WFAA-TV report said officials said there was no evidence of Saturday’s firing that was linked to Noble’s death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.