News: Shooting Erupts At Beanie Sigel Birthday Bash, Mother At Crime Scene

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 9:20AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

A shooting and fight left a man injured outside Philadelphia's Penn Landing night club where Beanie Sigel's birthday celebration was taking place.

The event took place Saturday (March 7) morning as the rapper celebrated his 35th birthday with around 600 fans in attendance.

Police said that 24-year-old Tyheem Baker was shot in the upper left chest around 1 am after getting into an argument with two unidentified men. Baker, who was rushed to a nearby hospital and is in stable condition, told police he did not know the men who shot him. Police revealed that prior to the shooting they were called to the club after a fight took place outside the venue. They also said that the club's video-surveillance system "mysteriously malfunctioned." (Six Shot)

Sigel's mother was also at the event and Sigel was reportedly on-stage during the incident.

He was "was performing on stage at the club," said his attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr. Sigel is still under supervised release following a federal weapons conviction. "He was told later that something happened, but he didn't know who was involved," said Perri. Amid celebratory posters and fliers, his mom was collecting admissions from hundreds at the door, said a law-enforcement source. (Philladelphia Daily News)

Sigel recently served a short jail sentence March 2008.

A federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced Sigel to three months in prison after authorities say he gave a false urine sample to probation officials. Officials also say the rapper tested positive five times this month for Xanax and Percocet. Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, was already serving a six-month term in a halfway house for having previously violated supervised release. Sigel told the judge he was an addict and had a relapse when he was sent to the halfway house. (The Insider)

Beanie, in recent times, has participated in various anti-violence events.

Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Gillie Da Kid and more have linked with Nike to provide fans with an upcoming "Brotherly Love Concert" in Philadelphia December 2008. Presented by Nike's All Conditions Gear (ACG) shoe brand, the Philly-bred emcees will unite to show local fans their commitment to working together despite prior rap beefs in the past. "ACG's are the official hood boots and I support what they do in the community," Sigel said in a statement. "I had an idea to put everyone together in one building and on one stage to start a movement here in Philly and promote unity." (SOHH)

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