Rapper held on un­re­lated charges af­ter Lit­tle Rock shoot­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY SEAN MURPHY AND KELLY P. KISSEL

A rapper whose con­cert in Lit­tle Rock was the site of a shoot­ing that left 28 peo­ple injured was ar­rested early Sun­day on un­re­lated as­sault charges while out­side an Alabama club where he was per­form­ing just 24 hours later, au­thor­i­ties said.

Ricky Hamp­ton, 25, of Mem­phis, Tenn., also known as Fi­nese 2Tymes, was ar­rested on out­stand­ing charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault with a gun out of For­rest City in eastern Arkansas, the U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice said. Lit­tle Rock po­lice said on Twit­ter that no ar­rests have been made in the shoot­ing at the Power Ul­tra Lounge in down­town Lit­tle Rock. Po­lice have said they be­lieve the shoot­ing stemmed from a dis­pute in the crowd and may be gang-re­lated.

The Mar­shals Ser­vice said Hamp­ton and an­other man were ar­rested at the Side Ef­fects Club in Birm­ing­ham, where Hamp­ton was per­form­ing. The rapper took the stage in Birm­ing­ham just a day af­ter gun­fire broke out as he was per­form­ing at the Power Ul­tra Lounge. Twenty-five peo­ple be­tween the ages of 16 and 35 suf­fered gun­shot wounds, and three oth­ers were hurt af­ter the shoot­ing early Satur­day.

A mes­sage posted on the rapper’s Face­book page Satur­day of­fered thoughts and prayers for those injured: “THE VI­O­LENCE IS NOT FOR THE CLUB PEO­PLE. WE ALL COME WITH 1 MOTIVE AT THE END OF THE DAY, AND THATS TO HAVE FUN.”

A woman who an­swered a phone num­ber listed on Fi­nese 2Tymes’ In­sta­gram ac­count for book­ing said the rapper didn’t con­sider can­celling the Birm­ing­ham show, despite the shoot­ing, be­cause he wasn’t re­spon­si­ble for what hap­pened. The woman didn’t give her name be­fore hang­ing up.

The vol­ley of gun­fire inside the Power Ul­tra Lounge came so fast that in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve mul­ti­ple peo­ple had to have been in­volved. Po­lice Chief Ken­ton Buck­ner cred­ited quick work by first re­spon­ders for there be­ing no fa­tal­i­ties.

Court­ney Swani­gan, 23, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that when the gun­fire rang out, “I just closed my eyes, got down on the ground and put my hands on my head.”

City of­fi­cials said they would move Mon­day to shut down the club un­der a “crim­i­nal abate­ment” pro­gram. State reg­u­la­tors sus­pended the club’s liquor li­cense Satur­day and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the land­lord’s of­fice later posted an evic­tion no­tice on a door to the club. The no­tice stated that the club must move out of the prop­erty within three days “due to your fail­ure to main­tain the premises in a safe con­di­tion.”

Mayor Mark Stodola said the city must “keep guns out of the hands of the wrong peo­ple” and sug­gested that peo­ple refuse to pa­tron­ize clubs that seem to pro­mote vi­o­lence. Ma­te­rial ad­ver­tis­ing the con­cert by Ten­nessee rapper Fi­nese 2Tymes showed a man point­ing a gun at a cam­era.

“A pro­mo­tional video with a gun on the front cover invit­ing peo­ple to a con­cert ... should also be to­tally un­ac­cept­able in our com­mu­nity,’’ the mayor said.

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An evic­tion no­tice is posted on a door to the Pulse Ul­tra Lounge in Lit­tle Rock, Ark. City of­fi­cials said they would take steps to shut the club down af­ter a shoot­ing dur­ing a rap con­cert ear­lier Satur­day left more than two dozen peo­ple injured. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the club’s land­lord posted the no­tice on a glass door fac­ing a city side­walk Satur­day night.

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