Rap­per says gun­man threat­ened his kids in Wal­mart shoot­ing

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY MARK PRICE

msprice@char­lot­teob­server.com

A Char­lotte rap­per known as DaBaby has con­firmed in a video that he was in­volved in the fa­tal shoot­ing of a teen Mon­day evening in­side a Hun­tersville Wal­mart.

En­ter­tain­ment news out­lets such as Celebrity In­sider and XXL have been re­port­ing for days that DaBaby, also known as Jonathan Kirk and Baby Je­sus, shot a 19-year-old dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion around 6:30 p.m. in the store.

How­ever, Hun­tersville Po­lice have not re­leased the name of the shooter who killed Ja­lyn Domonique Craig and have said only that the killing hap­pened dur­ing a fight. At least four peo­ple were ques­tioned at the scene, and their names have not re­leased, re­ported the Char­lotte Ob­server.

DaBaby’s man­ager told the Char­lotte Ob­server on Tues­day that the en­ter­tainer was not ar­rested in the in­ci­dent, but de­clined fur­ther com­ment.

The rap­per ad­dressed the shoot­ing in an ob­scen­ity-laced video shared on YouTube, say­ing he was in the store Mon­day shop­ping with his two chil­dren, ages 1 and 5, and their mother when some­one pulled a gun and “tried to take my life.”

“Daugh­ter could have got hit, son could have got hit (and) me,” DaBaby says in the video. “Lawyers ... telling me not to say noth­ing... But two ( peo­ple) walk down on you and your whole...fam­ily, threat­en­ing y’all, whip out (a gun) on y’all, let me see what y’all go­ing to do.”

He goes on to deny the al­ter­ca­tion took place in the store’s pro­duce sec­tion as po­lice said, not­ing he was shop­ping for win­ter clothes for his chil­dren at the time.

The Char­lotte Ob­server has re­quested mul­ti­ple in­ter­views with the rap­per, but calls have not been re­turned.

Ear­lier in the week, DaBaby sent “con­do­lences to the other party” in the in­ci­dent (via an In­sta­gram post), and de­nied he was us­ing it to pro­mote his lat­est al­bum.

He posted an­other In­sta­gram video Fri­day that edited to­gether TV re­ports on the shoot­ing and used it as the in­tro to his lat­est track “No Tears.”

Hun­tersville Po­lice have said the store had “a lot” of other shop­pers in it at the time of the shoot­ing, and the Ob­server’s news part­ner WBTV re­ported many ran scream­ing for cover.

This in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still on­go­ing, ac­cord­ing to a Hun­tersville Po­lice press re­lease.

“At this time, the Hun­tersville Po­lice Depart­ment has iden­ti­fied all par­ties in­volved and are con­sult­ing with the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice with what if any charges will be filed,” said the po­lice state­ment.

Mark Price: 704-358-5245, @markprice_obs

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