Gunfire erupted after rapper Tekashi69 escaped jail time in New York on Friday, USA TODAY has confirmed.
The controversial rapper was sentenced to probation for a conviction stemming from the use of a child in a sexual performance.
TMZ first reported a shooting occurred at Tekashi69’s (real name is Daniel Hernandez) celebration following the sentencing.
New York police confirmed to USA TODAY that a 29-year-old male was shot in the abdomen in midtown early Friday evening. “It was a conflict between security guards,” said Lt Paul Ng. The shooting happened in front of 33 East 60th, which is the address for restaurant Philippe Chow.
The injured man is now stable. “The investigation is continuing,” said Ng.
According to The Blast, the now 22-year-old rapper was sentenced Friday to four years probation with credit for one year. The sentencing, which could have been up to three years in prison, stems from a 2015 arrest after videos were taken — and posted to his Instagram — with a 13-year-old girl. He was charged with the use of a child in a sexual performance. The incident occurred when he was 18.
The sentencing was one of three hearings this week involving Tekashi69.
As part of his sentencing, he must do 1,000 hours of community service. He also can not affiliate with any street gang.
Tekashi69 addressed the judge, TMZ reports, saying, “I have millions of youth that look at me as a role model and the last place I want to be is incarcerated, they don’t deserve it. Thank you.”
Tekashi69 is also dealing with other criminal cases, including one in Houston for allegedly choking a 16-year-old boy and another in Brooklyn for allegedly assaulting a police officer, according to TMZ.
6ix9ine’s debut single, “Gummo,” was released in 2017 and soon went platinum. His debut mixtape, “Day69,” debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart. And he earned his first top 10 entry on the Hot 100 with “Fefe,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz. His most recent singles include “Stoopid” and “Bozoo.”
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Contributing: Andrea Mandell
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