According to new reports, the shooting that left a gunshot wound in the crew member of Tekashi69 was triggered, in part, by threats of violence and death coming from the meme-rapper’s own group.
Sources who spoke with TMZ explained that Tekashi and his friends tried to intimidate there way into a restaurant in New York City where he was supposed to meet with a record executive.
When the bouncers of the restaurant wouldn’t let Tekashi’s security get in, they, in turn, threatened to shoot the security guards of the establishment. Tekashi69 was supposed to meet with Elliot Grainge for dinner, and he was waiting for the rapper to arrive.
Elliot was waiting for Tekashi with two bodyguards, Efrain Vasquez, and Maurice Fernandez. When the rapper arrived, he had seven people with him, and the security for Elliot told him that it had to just be Tekashi and not his crew.
The rapper then called off the meeting and left. For whatever reason, Tekashi’s crew stayed behind and tried to get in, stating, “f*ck this. I’m getting inside!”
Fernandez texted Vasquez, stating that Tekashi’s crew was trying to get in and both men feared they may have been packing heat. Subsequently, Vasquez went outside to back up his fellow security guard, and Shottie, one of Tekashi’s crew members, started firing.
Two witnesses explained that it was Shottie who hit Vasquez in the head with a chair. When one of Tekashi’s men pulled up his shirt and reached for something in his waistband. Vasquez opened fire and shot one of Tekashi’s crew members in the stomach.
Following the incident, police tracked down two of the men and arrested them. They were Faheem “Crippie” Walter and Zachary Bunce. Thus far, Shottie, or Kifano Jordan, has not been caught.
Lance Lazzaro, Tekashi’s lawyer, said to reporters from TMZ that Shottie and the other men were victims, and that the rapper wasn’t there for the incident.
He added that the charges would be “completely dismissed at some point.” Just a few hours before the shooting, Tekashi got off with mere probation in his child sex case, and the judge warned him not to get in any more trouble.