Rapper YFN Lucci has surrendered to police. The 29-year-old father-of-2 -- real name Rayshawn Bennett -- turned himself in late Wednesday night, Jan. 13, after 2 weeks on the run.
Authorities in Atlanta, Georgia, were hunting for Bennett to question him over his alleged involvement in the murder of 28-year-old local man James Adams last month.
He was wanted on suspicion of murder, aggravated assault and participation in criminal street gang activity.
According to local reports, Bennett was booked into the crowded Fulton County Jail just hours after dropping a music video for his new song "Rolled On" on his social media pages.
Two suspects, Ra'von Boyd, 23, and Leroy Pitts, 17, were also arrested following the shootout on December 10, which also left another man wounded.
In a "disturbing" 911 call that led to the felony murder warrant for Bennett's arrest, a woman describes a man clinging to a moving SUV before he was shoved out of the SUV and left for dead in a roadway.
TMZ obtained audio of the frantic 911 call a woman made in Atlanta last month when she saw a white SUV speeding by "with a man hanging out of the car." She says she eventually saw the man thrown out of the car onto the street.
The witness told the operator the victim appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and she desperately tried to get an ambulance to the location because the man was "still trying to fight for his life."
She remained on the scene while waiting for the ambulance, standing near the victim -- and said he was "taking his last breath" and he died moments later.
The Atlanta Police Department offered a $5k award for information leading to Bennett's arrest and indictment.
19 violent gang members were taken off the streets of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn this week as federal authorities unveiled two indictments Wednesday.
According to Patch.com, 19 members of the notorious 900 street gang were arrested and charged with at least 13 shootings and other acts of violence, including 2 murders.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced the indictments in law enforcement's ongoing efforts to curb gang violence in the Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights neighborhoods.
"I'm confident this takedown of these gang members will make a difference to the people of Brooklyn, especially people who live in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area and Crown Heights," Gonazalez said at a press conference. "Many of these defendants were charged with multiple acts of violence and shootings, so there's a multiplying impact toward peace when they are taken off the streets."
The defendants face 77 charges, including the fatal shootings of 22-year-old Tracey Washington and Tyler Felder last year.
Washington, a member of the rival Hoolie gang, ran a stolen credit car ring and believed he was meeting a girl to join the scheme.
He was shot before he could exit a cab on Dean Street in June, prosecutors say. According to the indictment, members of the 900 gang "catfished" Washington by posing as a girl on Instagram.
Three gang members -- Kaireil Haynie, Alexander Williams and Tysean Devonshire -- were charged in the murder case.
Williams and 21-year-old Wydeem Rudd are also charged in the fatal shooting of Felder, whom Rudd and Williams incorrectly blamed for the shooting of a 900 gang member.
Felder was shot six times, including once in the head, on Sept. 28.
The suspect wanted in the death of a 7-year-old girl near Phipps Plaza mall in Atlanta was previously arrested for a gang-related shooting at another mall.
Kennedy Maxie was shot in the head while riding in a car with her mom and aunt near Phipps Plaza on Dec. 21. She died from her injuries on Saturday.
Police named Daquan Reed, 24, as a suspect in her murder. He is wanted for felony murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and other charges.
Reed was among several men fighting in the parking lot outside Saks Fifth Avenue, police say.
Reed got into a car and fired three shots out the window as he drove off. Police believed a stray bullet struck Kennedy.
"He is not a stranger to law enforcement," said embattled Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at a press conference on Tuesday. She said Reed has had previous run-ins with law enforcement.
Reed (right) was arrested in Norfolk, Virginia following a shooting at MacArthur Center on Oct. 14, 2019. A 56-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were injured in the shooting.
The shooting happened after Reed and Molek Alcantara (left) were walking through the mall and bumped into a 23-year-old man. The three "exchanged words" and Molek pulled out a gun and opened fire.
The mall was locked down for an hour while police investigated the shooting. Both men were arrested by U.S. Marshals in Atlanta days after the incident.
In January, Reed was convicted of being an accessory after the fact. A liberal judge sentenced him to a year in jail with 9 months suspended and two years of unsupervised probation.
Reed is still at large. City leaders are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477).
An aspiring rapper who filmed videos of himself mocking street gangs for internet clout was found deceased in his car in Lakewood on Sunday.
Los Angeles Sheriff's Office deputies responding to a report of shots fired found the man shot in the upper chest in a car on the 20600 block of Seine Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deceased man's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. But the internet has already identified him as @BlocckBoyy, a wannabe rapper who spent his days filming Instagram videos dissing gangbangers on their own turf.
The internet was unsympathetic after the news broke of his untimely demise.
One Instagram user wrote: "Tbh that young boy looked like he was dying to be famous, so he did... condolences to his family and people though."
Another user wrote: "Bro moved out here like he was invincible, or suicidal... feel bad for his family."
Federal agents have arrested rap fugitive Casanova (right), who was indicted on RICO and racketeering charges related to criminal activities committed by his gang "Untouchable Gorilla Stones", including the murder of a 15 year old boy.
"Baby, I love you like cooked food," Casanova said in a video shared by his wife on social media.
The feds also indicted Chicago gangsta rapper G Herbo, real name Herbert Wright III (left and below), on 14 federal charges that included wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, in a federal court in Massachusetts.
G Herbo's lawyer is making arrangements with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the rapper to turn himself in in Massachusetts.
G Herbo and several crew members are accused of conducting a multi-year fraud scheme involving stolen credit cards and ID theft, totaling $1.5 million.
According to the indictment, the gang used stolen credit cards to buy designer puppies, rent private jets and luxury villas in Jamaica.
Herbo, 25, and Casanova, 34, are part of a crew of gang bangers who are signed by record labels to bring realism to the rap game.
Unlike bold name rappers such as Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, the new breed of gangsta rappers live the life of violence they rap about on records.
G Hergo and Casanova, real name Caswell Senior, are accused of murdering other "rappers", but they have not been charged without those alleged crimes.
Rapper Meek Mill (right) is speaking out about the escalating gang war on Atlanta's streets between factions led by rappers Quando Rondo and Lil Durk (pictured left).
Chicago rapper King Von, 26, was fatally shot by Rondo's crew member Timothy Leeks, 22, during a fistfight between Von and Rondo in Atlanta on Nov. 6.
Word on the street is Lil Durk's crew is gunning for Rondo, 21, who they believe is personally responsible for Von's death.
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Durk, 28, reportedly bought every table at a nightclub where Rondo (pictured) was scheduled to perform this week. The club promoter canceled the show.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Meek, who is friends with Lil Durk, urged other rappers to "pick a side" rather than commenting on Von's death.
Meek tweeted: "Pretty soon everybody gone have to pick a side .... too much real sh*t going on too be cool wit everybody! [sic]"
Meek's message likely means more blood will be shed on Atlanta's pristine streets.
Hopefully, the mayor's office is monitoring the situation on social media before innocent lives are lost in Atlanta, which is now dubbed Chiraq South.
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50 Cent (right) is pleading with Atlanta rapper Tip "T.I." Harris (left) to squash the beef he inadvertently started with King Von's sister and gang factions in Chicago.
T.I. sparked outrage among King Von's crew when he shared a post on Instagram, ordering gangs to do their killing on their own home turf.
Reacting to the shooting death of King Von in Atlanta over the weekend, the "Rubber Band Man" rapper captioned an IG post on Monday: "Handle YOUR beefs in YOUR city. Thx in advance. - King."
His post sparked furious comebacks from Von's O-block crew and Von's sister, Kayla B, who wrote on her Instagram stories:
"And these r FACTS! But The energy he always putting in ppl business need to be the same energy he need to make it right wit his daughter! Now wea is my brother @50cent get on his a*s!"
T.I. followed up his post, saying his previous post had nothing to do with King Von's death. He also sent condolences to Kayla and her family.
Elder statesman 50 Cent had some wise advice for T.I., reminding him that he was raised in a middle class neighborhood.
"A @troubleman31 you gotta chill, you bugging for saying anything. They got casualties this is real shit, I don't know what you was thinking but re think it now. They are hurting, they love that boy he was a way out. I bet you don't even realize they will kill you for what you just said. what hood you from again? come on now it's quiet time."
The Internet reacted with outrage after someone leaked grisly photos of slain rapper King Von laying on an autopsy table.
Von, real name Dayvon Bennett, was shot by a member of Savannah rapper Quando Rondo's crew during a fistfight outside a hookah lounge in downtown Atlanta early Friday.
The 26-year-old gangster-turned rapper later died during surgery at Grady Hospital. The pictures were likely taken after his body was taken to the morgue across the street from Grady Hospital, where autopsies are conducted.
The alleged autopsy images were originally uploaded to Instagram by user @fyndeeboyy who quickly deleted the pictures. But the graphic images circulating on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
It's tradition for Chicago gang members to post autopsy or open casket photos of deceased "opps" (opposition or gang rivals) to disrespect them even in death.
One King Von fan responded to the images circulating on Reddit.com:
"That sh*t is sick. Imagining [sic] people messing and taking pictures of your lifeless body when you die. If this happened to king von imagine how many pictures probably get taken and never get leaked."
Others were not so polite. Gang members affiliated with O-block, a notorious city block in Chicago, took to Instagram and TikTok to voice their anger and frustration over the photos (see below).
But that's not all they're mad about.
King Von's sister, Kayla B. clapped back at rap mogul Tip "T.I." Harris he shared an Instagram post asking out-of-towners to kill each other on their own home turfs.
T.I.'s post also sparked outrage among different Chicago gang factions -- some of whom have booked flights to Atlanta. Below is an alleged veiled threat to T.I.
Hopefully, Atlanta's mayor's office is monitoring the situation on social media. Atlanta's streets are about to become a bloodbath.
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Waka Flocka Flame asked his Instagram followers to keep the same energy for gang bangers as they do protesting police who shoot petty criminals.
The 34-year-old Atlanta-based rapper posted a series of thought-provoking memes on his IG page that revealed his conservative ideologies.
In one meme Waka wrote: "How can we as a community beg the police to don't shoot but we killing each other still? We gotta ask ourself how bad do we want true freedom?"
According to the Washington Post's database on police shootings, 13 unarmed Black men were killed by police in 2019. While hundreds of Black men, women and children have died as a result of gun violence in the U.S. since 2019.
Waka suggested that Marxist organizations use anti-police protests to distract Black people from the very serious problems that plague our community.
In another meme Waka wrote: "I guarantee you if all the hoods in America seen eye to eye police a shit on they-self!!! [sic] Nobody can f-ck with us unified."
In a third post, he wrote: "[How] can we love our gangs more than our Forefathers and Ancestors??? And not understand the reason why they fought for freedom?"
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Members of violent street gangs in Chicago have formed a "shoot on sight" pact to execute police officers who draw their weapons on suspects.
Chicago, which has the highest national average of officers being shot or killed, is home to multiple factions of street gangs who are "actively searching for" and filming police officers, according to an FBI report.
Chicago-based FBI agents released an August 26 "situation information report" that details the gang activity, ABC7 reported.
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The report states: "members of these gang factions have been actively searching for, and filming, police officers in performance of their official duties. The purpose of which is to catch on film an officer drawing his/her weapon on any subject and the subsequent 'shoot on-sight' of said officer, in order to garner national media attention."
According to police superintendent David Brown, there is an overall "sense of lawlessness", and the "danger to police officers is real and increasing."
Brown continued: "I think it's bigger than a suggestion. I think 51 officers being shot at or shot in one year, I think that quadruples any previous year in Chicago's history. So I think it's more than a suggestion that people are seeking to do harm to cops."
"We need police officers and as community members we need to push back fervently against lawlessness," Brown said.