Rapper says gunman threatened his kids in Walmart shooting
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