Rapper 'Fabolous' shot at Sean Combs' restaurant
(New York-WABC, Oct. 17, 2006) (WABC) -- The rapper "Fabolous" was shot in the leg, and later placed under arrest, following a fight that spilled out of Sean Combs' restaurant this morning.
Eyewitness News has learned the 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is John Jackson, was hit by gunfire at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 21st Street in the Flatiron District just before 12:30 a.m. The shooting stemmed from a fight that spilled out of Justin's Restaurant, owned by Combs, at 31 West 21st Street.
Police say shots were fired in a parking lot outside the restaurant, and Fabolous was hit in the right thigh. Three friends pulled the rapper into a car, and they sped off to take the rapper to the hospital.
Police pulled the vehicle over at the intersection of East 22nd Street and Third Avenue for speeding through numerous red lights. They say two loaded weapons, a 9mm and a .40 caliber handgun, were found in the vehicle. Both of the weapons are apparently unlicensed.
Fabolous was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment for the gunshot wound. Three other men in the vehicle, ages 29, 23, and 18, were placed under arrest. Charges against the rapper and his three friends are pending.
The Brooklyn rapper became a mainstream star after his debut single "Can't Deny It" from 2001. Since then, he has gained popularity in the rap community for his mellow flow, crossover sensibilities, complex rhyme schemes, intricate lyrics, and witty punchlines.
Def Jam Recordings is producing the rapper's upcoming solo album, due out in December, according to Fabolous' Web page on MySpace.com.
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