News: UPDATE: Waka Flocka Flame Becomes Million Dollar Man In NC Gunfire Case
Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 5:26AM
Half a dozen men were arrested this weekend in connection to a mid-week North Carolina tour bus shooting involving rap newcomer Waka Flocka Flame over an alleged $1.2 million necklace.
According to reports, all possible suspects are in their 20's.
Six men have been charged in connection with a shoot-out involving rapper Waka Flocka Flame. The men, all in their early 20s, were arrested Saturday by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team. None of the men charged are from the rapper's entourage, said police spokesman Rob Tufano. (Charlotte Observer)
The six possible suspects' names have since been revealed.
Andre Sellers, Antoine Washington, Xavier Hoover, David Bellamy, Barry Lawrence and Antonio Stukes are all being charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and two counts of felony shooting into occupied property. All are under at least $200,000 bond. Some face additional charges. Police say the men were trying to rob rapper Waka Flocka Flame of his jewelry, while his tour bus got a sound system upgrade at a store on Independence Blvd. on Wednesday. Members of the rapper's security team fired at the men who shot at the bus. (WCNC News)
While initially claiming Waka was not the target, more reporting suggested the botched robbery was intended for Flocka's chain.
RumorFix has learned exclusively that the gunmen who opened fire on Waka Flocka Flame's tour bus on Wednesday were after his $1.2 million necklace. Waka's publicist, Kali Bowyer, tells RumorFix exclusively, "We are pleased with the attentiveness by the Charlotte Police Department in capturing these individuals in such a timely manner. It is such a shame that one would risk the lives of innocent women and children in hopes of stealing one's jewelry." (RumorFix)
Following last Wednesday's shoot-out, Waka was detained by local authorities.
Five days after headlining a hip-hop show at the Tabernacle, Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame may be in trouble again. This time, the incident involves a shootout in North Carolina. The rapper, his brother and another person -- someone not involved in Waka Flocka's entourage -- all have been detained after a shooting outside the Car Stereo Warehouse in east Charlotte. (Access Atlanta)
Check out Waka Flocka Flame's mother, Debra Antney, speaking on the case below: