On Thursday night January 5, a shooting occurred outside of The Licking restaurant in Miami Gardens, Florida, during the filming of a music video featuring rappers French Montana and Rob49. At least 10 people were injured in the incident, with four of the victims being transported to area hospitals, including Montana's security guard who is reportedly in critical condition.
According to a witness the shooting occurred during the filming of a music video featuring rappers French Montana and Rob49. The witness stated that an altercation in the crowd watching the video led to a person having their watch and wallet stolen, which caused the situation to escalate. He went on to describe hearing “at least 13, 14, 15 gunshots” and said that it sounded like an assault rifle being fired.
Rob49, the New Orleans-based rapper, was among those injured in the shooting and is currently in stable condition. However, French Montana's security guard, who was also injured in the incident, is reportedly fighting for his life.
As news of the shooting spread, graphic video images of the incident began to circulate on social media, including video footage of the rapper lying on the floor covered in blood. Out of respect for the victims and their families, we have chosen not to share these videos.
Miami Gardens police are currently investigating the shooting and have not released any further information on the incident. The community is asked to come forward with any information that may be helpful in the ongoing investigation.
We hope for a full recovery for those who were injured and will continue to follow this story as it develops.
Miami Gardens police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt has stated that Montana and his crew are responsible for the chaos that ensued during the shooting. Pratt claims that investigators have learned that the event organizers, including Montana, failed to obtain necessary permits for the video shoot, which violates city regulations.
In a statement, Pratt said, “As a result of this disregard of the procedures, the unauthorized music video production led to an unfortunate situation. If the necessary agencies had been notified beforehand and protocol followed, police officers could have been present to safeguard the community and assist with deterring and responding to any potential issues.”
Video footage shows French Montana running into a KFC during the shooting. Montana has denied that he was shooting a music video, stating that he was simply celebrating the release of his CB6 mixtape with friends at a local restaurant. He claims that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time when the incident occurred.
French Montana posted a message on Twitter in response to the incident: “Last night, I was in Miami celebrating the release of my CB6 mixtape with 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 and prayers are with the victims & families at this time.”
The police have pointed out that if Montana and his crew had obtained the necessary permits and notified the authorities, they could have ensured a police presence at the event to prevent such incidents from occurring. Pratt stated, “If we had been informed that famous rappers were going to be in the area and a music video production was to take place, we could have arranged for a police presence. It is important to follow protocol and notify the necessary agencies in order to maintain public safety.”
Written by: Silvia Tine
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