Waka Flocka Flame and three other men were being questioned at police headquarters in Charlotte, NC late Wednesday after a shootout at a Charlotte car stereo store.
Police said Waka, 24, (born Juaquin Malphurs), was at the Car Stereo Warehouse to have the sound system on his tour bus upgraded.
Around 4 p.m., he was talking with fans and having his picture taken outside the store, witnesses said.
Two vehicles – an older model white Land Rover and a later model Dodge, possibly a Charger – pulled into the parking lot, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Spokesman Rob Tufano. The men in the car exchanged gunfire with people in the rapper’s party, according to police.
One person was shot in the shoulder. Police have not identified that person, but said it wasn’t the rapper. The injured man was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
No one has been charged.
Police said they don’t know what the motive for the shooting was. Tufano said investigators are reviewing video surveillance recordings from outside the store.
TMZ reported that the rapper’s tour bus was shot four times and his security team returned shots.
Late Wednesday, the bus was surrounded by yellow crime scene tape. Curious onlookers and people who’d heard the rapper had been involved in a shooting walked by. Traffic was moving slowly along Independence Boulevard near Bojangles’ Coliseum, which is in sight of the stereo store.
Al Armstead was at the store when the shooting began, waiting for his car’s windows to be tinted. He was browsing the store’s selection of car stereos with a friend when he heard the gunshots and threw himself to the floor.
“Everybody was screaming,” Armstead said. “They’re scared…frantic, bumping into each other. It was crazy. It was chaotic.”
He said he didn’t hear any argument before the shooting and he didn’t see who fired the shots, which penetrated the store’s window.
When he looked up after the shooting, he could see the rapper looking through the store’s window.
As we previously reported, Waka has been involved in a string of violent incidents in the past and was released from jail last month after he turned himself in on charges including drug and weapons possession, as well as criminal street gang activity and a probation violation.
He was also arrested in March 2010 after he left Georgia for a concert, a probation violation from a 2006 incident in which he pled guilty to possession of a sawed-off shotgun.