Reporting Jim Melwert
By Jim Melwert, Todd Quinones
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A shooting outside rapper French Montana’s tour bus along Columbus Boulevard left one person dead and another wounded.
It all started around midnight, after rapper French Montana performed at the TLA on South Street. Afterwards, his tour bus drove to Columbus Boulevard, with several fans following. The bus then parked outside the Holiday Inn Express near Race Street.
The fans were gathered outside the bus when, Philadelphia Police chief inspector Scott Small says, “According to some of the witnesses, they say a car drove by and opened fire into the crowd.”
Two men were hit by gunfire. A 26-year-old, identified by police as Jowann King of Flushing, NY, was shot in the abdomen and later pronounced dead at Hahnemann University Hospital. A 28-year-old was hit in the shoulder; he showed up at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after the shooting and is in stable condition.
Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey says it appears to be another case of someone firing into a crowd of people.
“It’s just ignorant, and when you find people like that, they should never see the light of day again. I mean, that kind of behavior is just unacceptable.”
Police say a car with bullet holes was found near the hospital. Several people were taken into the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express to be interviewed, then taken to police headquarters.
Police say it doesn’t appear the rapper or any of his entourage was targeted in the shooting. They say it appears to be a dispute between two groups of fans. They say there were no reported problems at the show at the TLA.
Philadelphia police captain James Clark said Montana was unaware of the shooting when it happened. Clark said Montana was cooperating with investigators.
Montana tweeted a photo early Friday morning of a man in the lobby of the hotel being interviewed by police, with the caption, “nobody got time for this s***.”
French Montana was scheduled to perform in Boston Friday night, but a message from the Brighton Music Hall venue says that show has been postponed.
This is the second time in as many months that gunfire has erupted in the vicinity of a French Montana concert. The Associated Press is reporting that police believe last month’s shooting and crash on the Las Vegas strip that killed three people and injured five may have started as an argument at the valet area of the upscale Aria resort-casino — the same night French Montana was playing at Aria’s signature nightclub, Haze.
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