News: New Details In Rick Ross Shooting Surface, Shooter Rolled Deep
Friday, Apr 5, 2013 11:50AM
Months after Rick Ross survived a near-fatal shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a new police report has gone public and provides even more details on what went down.
According to the latest report, witnesses noticed the shooter had multiple people in his/her vehicle when it rolled up on Ross last January.
The Fort Lauderdale police report released Thursday says witnesses saw three or four people inside an older model, burgundy- or maroon-colored BMW before the shots rang out. Neither Ross nor his girlfriend, fashion designer Shateria L. Moragne-el, were injured in the Jan. 28 attack. The bullets mostly struck nearby businesses. The witnesses told police that the car's occupants fired out of their passenger side window at Ross's vehicle, according to the report. Police recovered 18 bullet casings. "The witnesses ducked for cover in their vehicle due to the rapid gunfire, but were able to see the vehicle flee eastbound," the report says. The report also says that Ross was armed with a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun located in his waistband. Ross, whose real name is William Leonard Roberts II, did not draw the gun. The police report also notes that Ross has a suspended concealed weapon permit. (Sac Bee)
Last month, a police reports surfaced and revealed Ross had a weapon on him during the attack.
The rapper Rick Ross had a loaded 9mm handgun in the waistband of his pants when the Rolls Royce he was driving was recently fired upon on a Florida street, The Smoking Gun has learned. The 37-year-old performer (real name: William Leonard Roberts) was carrying the Smith & Wesson semi-automatic despite having a suspended handgun permit, according to a Fort Lauderdale Police Department report (which was released today after TSG filed an open records request with cops). It is unclear whether Ross will face a weapons possession charge in connection with the January 28 incident. The "black and chrome" gun seized from the rapper contained 12 live rounds, with one in the chamber and 11 in the magazine, cops noted. (The Smoking Gun)
The report also confirmed Ross' vehicle did not get hit with any bullets.
Ross did not attempt to hide the 9mm. Instead, he "freely advised Officers that he had a firearm on his person," investigators reported. Cops interviewed Ross shortly after he crashed his vehicle while trying to elude gunfire directed at him. "Fearing for his safety," Ross accelerated the 2011 Rolls Royce and made a sudden right turn, losing control of the vehicle in the process. Ross, who was traveling with his girlfriend, Shateria Moragne-El, had celebrated his birthday earlier that evening. While neither Ross nor Moragne-El could provide police with any information regarding the incident or suspects," two witnesses in another car told police that an "older model BMW 4 door" pulled up to Ross's car at an intersection and the occupants of the BMW opened fire on the silver Rolls. The witnesses reported that the BMW had "3 possibly 4 black male occupants." Though "multiple spent casings" were recovered by the forensic unit, it does not appear as if Ross's car was struck by a bullet (though several local businesses were hit by stray gunfire). Nobody, however, was injured during the 5 AM gunplay. (The Smoking Gun)
A month prior, Ross finally broke his silence on the near-death experience.
"Not at all, not at all," Ross said when asked if there were any new developments since last month's shooting. "No suspects and we're not here to speculate on any suspects. I'm just staying positive, I'm moving forward and I'm just staying on top of my game. MMG. We got the biggest releases of the year, this year, coming. That's my focus and I'm here -- you most definitely got to make some adjustments [to your security] but at the same time, I'm gonna live my life and do what I love to do and that's make music." (MTV)