Rapper Benny Butcher, a member of the hip-hop group Griselda, was shot during a robbery in front of a store in Houston, Texas, on Sunday.
Houston police spokesman Jody Silva said the 35-year-old performer, whose real name is Jeremy Penick, was shot in the leg around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in a Walmart parking lot in the southwestern part of the city. As Pennick stepped out of his Rolls-Royce, she said five masked men approached him and two others who were with him, demanding their chains.
Silva noted that one of the suspects thought the rapper was moving too slowly and then shot him.
She said the suspects fled the scene and Penic was taken to hospital. He is in stable condition and is expected to survive. People with him were not injured during the shooting.
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Silva said the suspects were at large and an investigation was under way. The description of the suspects was not published immediately, but investigators said they were spotted in a Chevy Malibu.
The rapper, who originally came from Buffalo, New York, released his second studio album, Burden of Proof, last month and recently signed a management contract with Roc Nation, an entertainment agency founded by superstar rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z.
Pennick is at least the third rapper in less than a week to be a victim of gun violence in Texas.
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Hours before the incident, Pennick, another hip-hop artist, Boosie Badazz, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, was also shot in the leg. It came just a day after Hatch attended a vigil for the slain Dallas rapper Mo3, who was shot and killed last Wednesday during a daily highway attack in his hometown. The 38-year-old native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, told fans in a Facebook post on Sunday that he was fine.
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Police did not say whether arrests were made in either case. WFAA-TV reports that authorities have said there is no evidence to suggest that Saturday’s shootings were linked to Noble’s death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.