Search for suspect ongoing after rapper shot

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published February 9, 2018

WARREN — The winner of a “rap battle” was apparently wounded by gunfire and robbed of his prize money at a Warren gas station early Feb. 4.

Detective Sgt. Robert Eidt, of the Warren Police Department, said the 29-year-old Detroit man was shot at 2:47 a.m. while behind the wheel of a white 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee parked at the Citgo gas station on Eight Mile Road, west of Mound Road.

The victim was reportedly alone in the car after a passenger went inside to make a purchase. He was allegedly approached by a man described only as black, wearing dark clothes and a mask, who opened the passenger door and demanded money.

“The victim tells him no. The suspect fires one shot into the upper right arm of the victim,” Eidt said. “It goes through the arm and into the chest cavity.”

After he was shot and the demand was repeated, the victim reportedly gave the suspect $3,000 in cash he had accumulated during a rap music contest earlier. The suspect allegedly then shot him again. Eidt said the bullet went through the victim’s arm and into the abdomen.

“The passenger in the vehicle hears the shots, comes running out, sees the suspect running east on Eight Mile on the sidewalk,” Eidt said. “He goes directly to the victim and helps him.”

The victim was transported to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he was treated and originally listed in stable condition. He was expected to make a full recovery.

The investigation remained ongoing at press time.

“We’re following up on information that we received related to the reason for the robbery and the possibility of identifying suspects,” Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said. “Our investigation is also looking at the possibility that this was not just a random shooting.”

Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspect involved can reach Warren Police Department detectives at (586) 574-4810.