Exclusive: Paul Wall Speaks, "I'm Fine, [But] My Friend Was Killed"

Friday, Aug 1, 2008 3:10PM

Published by SOHH.com

Written By Thomas A. Harden

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Despite recent rumors that Houston rapper Paul Wall was shot and killed, the people's champ wrote into SOHH exclusively to assure fans that he is alive, while also delivering the unfortunate news that his close friend was found dead.

"Hey what's up," Paul wrote in an email to SOHH. "I'm fine. Thank you for checking on me though. I'm fine, [but] my friend, Emmanuel Hobbs, was killed."

According to the Houston Chronicle, Hobbs, 23, was shot dead and three others were injured after a gunfight erupted yesterday in Southwest Houston. Hobbs' body was found lying on a driveway at about 11:15 a.m. Thursday morning. Details of the shooting are still unclear as detectives investigating the scene said they didn't know the motives for the shootings.

"We're trying to piece together what happened here," Houston Police Department Sgt. C.E. Elliot told the Chronicle.

The other three wounded men who fled the scene checked themselves in at area hospitals, where they were later questioned. Detectives found several shell casings; indicating more than one weapon was used.

The site of the gunfight was among a mixture of homes, light industrial business and overgrown lots.

Hobbs uncle, Elton Childs, said his nephew lived and worked on Houston's east side, far away from the location where he was slain.

"I don't know why he would be here," Childs told the Chronicle. "It's very painful right now. I loved my nephew."

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