Posted: Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 6:55pm
Updated: Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 11:47pm
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking into what led to a shooting incident involving Hip Hop star Waka Flocka Flame at an east Charlotte car stereo store. Waka reportedly was on his tour bus outside the stereo shop when two cars pulled up next to the bus and opened fire. He was not hit.
Employees of the Car Stereo Warehouse located at 3909 East Independence Blvd in Charlotte stated that Waka Flocka was visiting the store and getting some stereo equipment for his tour bus when someone got word that he might have been at the store.
That person entered the store and shortly after a confrontation of some sort broke out. Police said shots were fired and that one person was shot.
Waka’s publicist, Kali Bowyer, has confirmed that Waka was getting a stereo installed in his tour bus when four shots were fired. Waka was not injured.
“Security followed appropriate protocol and returned fire,” says Bowyer, who revealed that the rapper travels with more than a dozen security guards. The gunman was shot by the guards.
“Waka is fine and so is his team. They had nothing to do with the situation. This was an isolated incident and the tour bus just happened to be caught in the middle of it.”
CMPD police spokesperson Rob Turfano said it’s not being called a drive-by shooting but said, “evidently, shots were exchanged from what witnesses are saying.”
Witnesses also told police they saw two vehicles speeding from the scene. A late-model white Range Rover and late-model Dodge, possibly a Charger.
No arrests have been made and police don’t know how many suspects they are looking for.
Waka has been detained for questioning, along with his brother, and at least one other man, but Bowyer says he is in good spirits and has this message for his fans: “If the world is so concerned about me, tell them to buy my CD. Flockaveli. It’s in stores now.”
Waka Flocka Flame’s rise to fame began over a year and a half ago with the release of his hit ‘O Let’s Do It’, and later followed by the song ‘Hard in the Paint’. In 2010 he released his debut album and biggest song to date ‘No Hands’, which peaked at #13 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and #2 on its Hip-Hop chart.