News: Trae Tha Truth Speaks On Drive-By Shooting, "You Don't Jeopardize Kids"

Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 6:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth has spoken out against the people responsible for a drive-by shooting at a family event he performed at last night (July 22).

With at least six victims reportedly wounded, Trae expressed his reaction to the unexpected shooting.

"You don't jeopardize kids. You don't jeopardize families like that," Trae said in an interview. "A lot of cats out here will say they are real, but you don't do that kind of stuff." Trae also called the shooters "cowards." He also emphasized the shooting took place after the event ended and those involved were packing up. (My Fox News)

News of the shoot-out broke out early this morning.

Police are investigating a multiple shooting reported on the Texas Southern University campus. People were gathered at the event that included a Houston rapper's performance when a car drove by and shots sprayed out from the vehicle, school spokeswoman Eva Pickens said, citing witness statements to police. The sound of gunfire made people drop to the pavement of the parking lot where the rally was being held to promote community service and voter registration. Texas Southern is a historically black university in Houston with an enrollment approaching 10,000 students. (Dallas News)

Local authorities initially said the event may have been gang-related.

Six people, including one male student, were being treated for injuries that were serious but not life-threatening. Campus police believe the violence resulted from a rivalry between two gangs, one from Missouri City, a suburb southwest of Houston, and the other from Fresno, a small town outside Missouri City. Before the violence, Houston City Councilman Peter Brown and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee made appearances at the event billed as a "family block party," and local rapper Trae the Truth performed songs. (Associated Press)

Trae's buzz stems from his hometown of Houston, Texas.

The career of prolific south Houston-based MC Trae began with a guest appearance on Z-Ro's Look What You Did to Me and took root in Guerilla Maab, a group that released several albums during the late '90s and early 2000s. Through a series of solo albums -- such as 2003's Losing Composure, 2004's Same Thing Different Day, and 2006's Drama -- he further established his status as a lyricist. (Artist Direct)

No further information on the shooting has been revealed.

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