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Rapper YFN Lucci (left) made his first court appearance on Thursday, Jan. 14, where he was denied bond.

Lucci appeared via CCTV video from the jail. He wore a black face covering during the court proceeding.

Lucci's lawyer told the judge that his client had the charges read to him, which include felony murder, aggravated assault, participation in street gang activity, and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Authorities in Atlanta, Georgia, were hunting for Lucci to question him over his alleged involvement in the murder of 28-year-old James Adams (pictured right). Adams was a former member of Lucci's crew.

Lucci -- real name Rayshawn Bennett -- was identified as the driver of a white SUV seen by witnesses before the victim was shoved out of the moving vehicle.

His lawyer argued against the aggravated assault charges, saying "[Lucci's] proximity in a vehicle to someone with a gun is not what establishes aggravated assault."

However, the judge responded, saying Lucci -- being the driver of the SUV -- "allowed the occupants of the vehicle to actually get out of the vehicle, firing multiple rounds and driving off with those weapons."

The judge determined that the circumstances of his involvement warranted aggravated assault charges, and she denied bond for the rapper.

The 29-year-old father-of-2 turned himself in late Wednesday night, Jan. 13, after 2 weeks on the run.

Lucci was booked into the crowded Fulton County Jail on Thursday, 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 left another man wounded.

In a frantic 911 call that led to the felony murder warrant for Lucci 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 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 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 Lucci's arrest and indictment.
 

 

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Atlanta PD

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.
 

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Rapper YFN Lucci is wanted for murder following a shootout that resulted in the death of 28-year-old James Adams in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the shootout occurred on December 10 in the 900 block of Dimmock Street.

Adams later died from a gunshot wound to the head. A second man was shot and stumbled to Fire Station 14. He survived his injuries.

Officers collected multiple spent shell casings at the scene of the shootout and at Fire Station 14.

Two other men, Ra'Von Boyd, 23, and Leroy Pitts, 17, are in custody for their alleged roles in the shootout. Both men are charged with murder, aggravated assault, participating in criminal street gang activity and weapons charges.

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Lucci, real name Rayshawn Bennett, 29, is best known for dating rapper Lil Wayne's only daughter, Reginae Carter, 22. Reginae recently reunited with the rapper after the couple broke up multiple times in 2019 and 2020.

After signing with Think It's A Game Entertainment in 2014, Lucci dropped a record titled "Key to the Streets" featuring rap trio Migos in 2016. A remix featured rappers Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for Lucci's arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, text information to 274637 or visit the Crime Stoppers website.

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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.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms declined an invite to attend today's City Council meeting to address Atlanta's violent crime.

Police are searching for a gunman who fired into a crowd outside a crowded Buckhead lounge early Sunday. A woman and two males were wounded during the shooting and transported to local hospitals.

"Recent events throughout the city have generated a steady stream of public discussion regarding the role and effectiveness of leadership in Atlanta," Council President Felicia Moore wrote in a letter obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"It could be helpful to the Council and the public to receive updates relative to the implementation status of any resulting recommendations associated with these initiatives."

Bottoms responded to Moore's letter on New Year's Day, saying her administration will continue to update the City Council on the specific steps being taken to address the city's violent crime.

"I will continue to engage the public and City Council on the important matters of public safety," Bottoms wrote, while politely declining the invitation. "As always, my staff will be available during your City Council conference call meeting."

Bottoms also encouraged Moore and the City Council to conduct their meetings via Zoom, or similar platforms.

Moore's letter comes after 7-year-old Kennedy Maxie died days after she was shot in the head while riding in a car with her aunt and mother near Phipps Plaza in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead neighborhood.

The child's shooting death fueled calls for a private police force to patrol Buckhead. City Council members have pledged to donate money toward the private force.

Kennedy's killer, 24-year-old Daquan Reed, is still at large.

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Atlanta PD

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.

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Norfolk PD

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).

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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."
 

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A 7-year-old girl who was shot in the head in the Buckhead of northwest Atlanta has died.

Kennedy Maxie was a passenger in a Lexus with her mother and aunt when she was shot in the back of the head near Phipps Plaza. Kennedy died on Saturday after undergoing emergency surgery.

The child's aunt said she heard gunfire as she drove past Phipps Plaza on Monday, December 21. She drove on until she realized Kennedy had been struck and rushed her to Children's Healthcare at Scottish Rite Hospital.

Police say a fight between two groups of men broke out in the parking lot outside Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza. Kennedy was shot by a stray bullet fired by one of the men.

Atlanta police have investigated 150 shootings in Atlanta this year. At least 8 shootings have occurred at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza since December 2019. Both malls are owned by Simon Properties, which promised to install metal detectors at Lenox Square mall entrances.

Phipps, located across the street from Lenox Square, is considered the more upscale property. No new security plan was announced for Phipps.

Investigators are working on "significant leads" from the public, said Atlanta's Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

"Our hearts are broken by the senseless murder of Kennedy. While the Atlanta Police Department has significant leads in the apprehension of those responsible, it does not erase the pain felt when a beautiful, vibrant, and loving child is tragically taken from her family. We urge the public to continue to provide information that will lead to the arrests of the careless and heartless people responsible for Kennedy’s death."

A GofundMe page raised over $50,000 for the girl's family.

A $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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Two brothers were shot dead as they sat in a vehicle parked in the driveway of their Fresno, Texas, home, authorities say.

Jonathan Massey, 17, and Devin Massey, 15, were shot dead in a vehicle, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office.

A third teen who was injured in the shooting was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Witnesses say a group of masked suspects in a car approached the three victims and opened fire. There was an exchange of gunfire at the scene before the suspects fled.

One person was detained at the scene and later released without charges.

"This was just a random act of violence," family friend Rebekah Foley told ABC13. "They had no chance."

Foley said both Jonathan and Devin, who were good friends with her son, were at her house just two hours before the deadly shooting.

"Our children were randomly murdered last night and we would like to ask for prayers and justice," the family said in a statement to KPRC-TV on Sunday.

"It is beyond senseless and cruel to kill our babies under any circumstances. Even more so without rhyme or reason. God is head of our family and Jojo and Devin are now walking streets of gold and wearing wings over us left behind. As parents, we ask for any leads big or small."

A GofundMe page raised $39,000 in donations for funeral expenses.

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A missing wallet led gang members to abduct and murder two women whose bodies were found under a bridge with plastic bags tied over their heads.

Road crews found the bodies of Vanita Richardson, 19, and Truvenia "Bean" Campbell, 31, under a bridge in Rome, Georgia on May 13.

Nine people, including Desmond Brown, 28, and Devin Watts, 36, were arrested and charged in the case. Christopher Pullen and other gang members were also charged with two counts of felony murder each.

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Floyd County Sheriff's Office

Georgia authorities believe Brown (left) accused the two women of stealing his wallet, which led to the murders. Watts (center) and Pullen (right) are pictured in booking photos.

GBI Special Agent Ghee Wilson testified that Brown accused the women of stealing his wallet after he attended a birthday party. Brown, Watts, Pullen and fellow gang members then lured the women into a car and confronted them about the missing wallet after driving to Alabama, The Rome News-Tribune reported.

The women were killed on the way back to Rome, the News-Tribune reports.

According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Wilson testified that Brown ordered the women out of the car to search them at gunpoint. He shot Campbell multiple times when she resisted. Her younger sister, a high school student, tried to comply but was shot twice.

The men put their bodies in the trunk of Campbell's car and continued on to Rome, where they dumped the bodies over the bridge like trash.

Pullen, who was riding with Brown, told investigators that Brown's mother eventually called to say she found the wallet behind a TV in the living room.

He said Brown got erratic and pulled out of a drive-through line, cursing. "He said 'I just caught two bodies for nothing,'" Wilson testified.