Southern rapper Waka Flocka Flame‘s mother, Debra Antney, has stepped forward to address her son’s perceived involvement in a North Carolina shooting yesterday.

According to Antney, Waka was not present during the public gunfire.

“So I just wanted to address the incident in North Carolina, the tour bus issue that’s taking place now,” Antney said. “To my understanding, what has happened was there were random cars that began shooting, nobody could figure what they were shooting at. The bus had gotten hit four times, security followed appropriate protocol and returned fire. And to my understanding, there was one person thus far which was the assailant which was hit. Waka wasn’t hit, Waka wasn’t out there, he wasn’t in the tour bus. The bus was actually out there getting the system done. It’s a system being placed in the bus — it never ceases to amaze me how my phones were going really crazy and everybody’s [saying], ‘Oh Waka got shot,’ — or I’m reading the comments of what people are saying and he didn’t do anything. He wasn’t there, he didn’t do anything.” (Mizay Entertainment)

She also made sure to remind media that her son was not involved in the shooting.

“The news sounds better when you place his name in there instead of talking about what really happened,” she added. “Because there were a lot of other people out there whose vehicles was hit. My phone is ringing by many bystanders that are standing out there that seem to know, also, what was going on — but me talking to my own team and finding out what’s going on, it is safe to say we took no part in this. We had nothing to do with this.” (Mizay Entertainment)

Following yesterday’s incident, Waka and his entourage were 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)

The rapper’s publicist, Kali Bowyer, initially confirmed what went down.

“Security followed approriate protocol and returned fire,” says Bowyer, who revealed that the rapper travels with more than a dozen security guards. The gunman was shot by the guards. “Waka is fine and so is his team, they had nothing to do with the situation. This was an isolated incident and the tour bus just happened to be caught in the middle of it.” (RumorFix)

Check out Debra Antney speaking on the shooting down below: