News: UPDATE: French Montana Unloads On Fatal Shooting, Reacts To Slain Fan

Friday, Mar 1, 2013 4:44PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Bad Boy Records rapper French Montana has offered his condolences to fans affected by last night's fatal Philadelphia shooting and affirmed he was not involved in the incident.

French hopped onto his Twitter page to clear the air on the Internet chatter since the gunfire reports went ablaze Friday (March 1) morning.

"My bus was located in the vicinity of the incident that took plac last night in Philadelphia. I had a peaceful concert and was not involved," French tweeted March 1st.
"My deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the familiesof the victims, as well as all of those who were affected" (French Montana's Twitter)

New details on last night's unexpected shooting sprouted online Friday afternoon.

Shell casings lined the street in front of French Montana's tour bus early this morning -- and new photos of the crime scene obtained by TMZ show just how close the shootings took place to the rap star. As TMZ previously reported, Montana's bus had pulled up outside a Holiday Inn Express in Philadelphia last night when shots were fired from a moving car at the crowd of fans that had gathered. One man was killed and another was hospitalized after being shot in the shoulder. Philly cops said they recovered seven shell casings ... which are clearly marked by police in the photos. Police say they've determined Montana was not the target, but rather the shootings were the result of a disagreement between a bunch of fans. (TMZ)

Reports of the shooting and French's connection to it circulated across the Internet hours after it went down.

One person is dead and another is injured after a gunman opened fire on a crowd near a rapper's tour bus, parked at a Penn's Landing hotel. The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Thursday outside the Holiday Inn Express on the 100 block of North Christopher Columbus Boulevard. There was an altercation in front of the parked tour bus of rapper French Montana. Police say there were a number of people parked in cars, including some fans who had followed the rapper to the hotel following his performance at the Theatre of the Living Arts on South Street. (ABC Local)

A law enforcement official provided some context on what went down earlier today.

"A large crowd of fans, as well as some of the entourage, were loitering and just hanging out on Christopher Columbus Boulevard when according to some of the witnesses a car drove by and opened fire," said Chief Inspector Scott Small. (6 Action News)

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