Rapper held on un­re­lated charges af­ter shoot­ings at Lit­tle Rock club

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - 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, and au­thor­i­ties said sev­eral firearms were re­cov­ered dur­ing the ar­rest.

Ricky Hamp­ton, 25, of Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, also known as Fi­nese 2Tymes, was ar­rested on out­stand­ing charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault with a gun in eastern Arkansas, the U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice said. A sec­ond man also was taken into cus­tody, and two hand­guns and an as­sault ri­fle were seized from the Mercedes in which the men were rid­ing, said Cliff LaBarge with the U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice in Alabama.

The firearms will be sent to a crime lab in Arkansas to de­ter­mine whether they match shell cas­ings found at the scene of the shoot­ing early Satur­day at the Power Ul­tra Lounge, said Lit­tle Rock Po­lice Lt. Steven McClana­han. He said the rapper will be ex­tra­dited to Arkansas so that po­lice can in­ter­view him.

McClana­han said no ar­rests have been made in the shoot­ing in which 25 peo­ple be­tween the ages of 16 and 35 suf­fered gun­shot wounds, and three oth­ers were hurt af­ter­ward. He said po­lice did not re­cover any weapons at the scene of the shoot­ing, which au­thor­i­ties be­lieve may have been gang-re­lated.

Ten­nessee prison records show a Ricky Hamp­ton with the same date of birth and home­town and a sim­i­lar ap­pear­ance was re­leased in Au­gust 2016 af­ter serv­ing six years for two counts of ag­gra­vated rob­bery.

Ricky Hamp­ton

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