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A rapper who was booked to perform at an NBA All-Star Game event this weekend in Atlanta was killed in a drive-by shooting along I-85, police say.

Houston's Chucky Trill, best known for his rap single "Keisha," was shot in the head while driving on I-85 near Jimmy Carter Blvd around 3 a.m. Friday.

Police responding to a report of shots fired found the gunshot victim in a stopped car alongside I-85.

Trill, real name Corey Detiege, 33, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Passengers in Trill's vehicle were not injured. They could not describe the suspect or the suspect's vehicle, police tell 11Alive.

The aspiring rapper was scheduled to perform at one of the many NBA All-Star weekend events in Atlanta, his manager with Boneafide Entertainment told 11Alive.

Thousands of people have descended on Atlanta to take part in the NBA All-Star weekend festivities.

The NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena is closed to the public due to Covid, but that hasn't deterred visitors who ignored Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms's pleas to stay home.

"This pandemic has been going on for a year now. People are tired of staying in the house," NBA fan Kevin Hines told Channel 2's Michael Seiden.

Hines, who is visiting from New Jersey, said he is excited to attend this weekend's parties. "It's all on the internet. Parties everywhere. Celebrities. All the celebrities are down here."

Police agencies and Fulton County's top prosecutor have issued stern warnings to out-of-town visitors, according to the AJC.

"You decide to come here and commit crimes, we will give you a free ride and assist with accommodations at the Fulton County Sheriff's Office Jail at 901 Rice Street," the South Fulton Police Department posted on social media. "Don't come here to fight, take other people's things, or drive under the influence."

Fani Willis, Fulton County's district attorney, wrote on Facebook: "If you come to Atlanta for All-Star Weekend and commit an act of violence, please plan to stay. 901 Rice Street awaits you."

Atlanta Police Department officers will work 12-hour shifts throughout the weekend, according to Deputy Chief Michael O'Connor.

Officers will set up road blocks near NBA All-Star events and will be on the lookout for drunk drivers, street racers and anyone hosting illegal house parties.

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Dallas' former police chief says a killer cop was kept on the police force for over a year so he wouldn't be tipped off that he was under investigation for a double murder.

Former Officer Bryan Riser was arrested Thursday and booked into the Dallas County Jail where he is being held on $5 million bail.

Riser is accused of ordering the kidnapping and murders of two people, 31-year-old Liza Saenz and Albert Douglas, 61, in separate incidents in 2017.

Former Police Chief U. Renee Hall, who resigned from the department in 2020, explained why Riser continued patrolling for more than a year.

"Doing anything different, we may not have been able to bring justice to the families," she said.

Dallas' new police chief, Eddie Garcia, said an informant came forward with a tip that Riser ordered the killings.

Garcia said investigators are still trying to determine the motives.

Three men are charged with the murders. They are currently serving life in prison.

The affidavit, obtained by ABC News, states that Riser told one of the killers that Saenz was a police informant.

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An Indianapolis rapper is being charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 39-year-old man he met via a dating app.

Diabolique Paris Johnson, 34, was arrested in the shooting death of Joshua J. Smelser in the victim's home in Detroit last September.

After shooting Smelser multiple times, witnesses saw Johnson leave the man's home with his backpack, which contained his wallet, credit cards and cellphone.

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Johnson, a down low aspiring rapper (pictured), is also accused of robbing a 26-year-old man four days earlier at a hotel in Dearborn.

Both victims were Caucasian men who were "hunted" by Johnson on same-sex dating apps, police say.

Johnson was arrested in Indianapolis on December 4 and extradited to Michigan this week, WDIV reported.

He was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of felony firearm possession.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy joined forces with the Fair Michigan Justice Project, an organization that helps law enforcement investigate crimes against the LGBT+ community.

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A Florida teenager was found dead in a swamp after his family tracked his iPhone to a nature preserve in Central Florida.

Sumter County officials organized a massive search for 18-year-old Charlie Roberts, Jr., whose phone was tracked to the Green Swamp Wildlife Management Area.

Searchers combed the densely wooded, 50,000 acre swamp that spans three counties.

They used helicopters, ATVs and drones until they found his body Wednesday night, according to People magazine.

Detectives say Roberts was shot to death and his body dumped in the swamp.

On Thursday, detectives arrested David Anthony Gracia, 19, of Lakeland, and charged him with first-degree murder in Roberts' death.

Investigators declined to explain the relationship between Roberts and Gracia.

"I want the person to be prosecuted to the fullest, of course. This was a family member, a child, nobody deserves death," the teen's cousin William Gamble told Fox13.

"What would cause you to want to kill a child? What did he do so wrong that it deserved death... and to be left where he was left at?"

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Lady Gaga's dog walker was allegedly targeted for her pricey French bulldogs for ransom, officials say.

Ryan Fischer, 30, who was watching the animals for Gaga while she's away in Rome, Italy, was shot in the chest by dognappers who fled with two of Gaga's dogs, Koji and Gustavo.

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A third dog, Miss Asia (pictured), managed to escape and was recovered by police. A bodyguard was photographed picking up Miss Asia from the police station.

Fischer was walking the three pooches near his Los Angeles home around 10 p.m. Wednesday when he was shot.

According to the Sun newspaper, FBI officials are quietly working with the Los Angeles Police Department detectives on the case.

Investigators are working on the theory that the dogs may have been stolen for ransom.

French bulldogs normally retail from $2,000 to $10,000.

Police are searching for two Black males between the ages of 20 and 25. Fischer's wallet was not stolen and LAPD Capt. Jonathan Tippet told People magazine the dog walker was targeted.

Neighbor Buck Angel, who called 911, told The Sun that "where the attack happened can't just be down to chance."

He said the property where Fischer was attacked by the suspects has "no witnesses that live there" and has "been empty for five years."

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"They had to have chosen that spot to carry out the attack, and those dogs were targeted for ransom, it had to be. They must have wanted to blackmail Lady Gaga for money."

He added that "it wouldn't have been hard to figure out her dog walker's routine."

Lady Gaga is offering $500,000 for the safe return of her dogs -- no questions asked.

But the FBI may have a few questions of their own for the dognappers.

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A Pennsylvania mom faces charges of fatally shooting her children, including a female-to-male trans.

Krisinda Bright, 48, is accused of fatally shooting her 16-year-old bio daughter, Kiara Bright, a male-identified trans who went by the name Jeffery "JJ" Bright.

Friends say Kiara transitioned at age 11.

Bright also fatally shot her second daughter, Jasmine Cannady, 22.

Interim Police Chief John DeLuca told reporters that, after shooting her children, Bright called 911 and went outside to meet emergency responders and police, WTAE reported.

Bright told dispatchers she shot her children and that the gun she used was unloaded and on the dining room table.

She said she shot one of her children while she was lying in bed. Then she went downstairs and pointed the weapon at her second child, who pleaded with her, saying, "Please don't shoot."

Bright said the gun misfired, but she fixed the jam and then shot her daughter in the face. The child was still moving, so Bright went upstairs to retrieve another weapon before returning and shooting her again because she didn't want the child "to suffer," according to the police report.

Both victims were shot in the head and face, according to the complaint.

Bright is facing two counts of criminal homicide. She is being held without bond in the Beaver County Jail.
 

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Rapper and social justice activist Killer Mike was forced to delay the planned reopening of his Atlanta barbershop after it was hit by stray bullets over the weekend.

The streets of Atlanta have been turned into a war zone by out-of-towners fleeing their locked down blue states. Gang bangers are drawn to the area by the wide open atmosphere and packed nightclubs and restaurants.

The "Run The Jewels" rap star had been preparing to welcome customers back to his SWAG barbershop, but he had to rethink his plans after the property was riddled with bullets following a nearby shootout between a group of men.

The store has since had its windows boarded up and the broken glass cleared away until they can be repaired. Killer Mike, real name Michael Render, took to Instagram to share his outrage over the incident.

"It was not a personal attack but it was black men who cud not shoot for s**t shooting at one another," he wrote.

Mike went on to admit he is more frustrated about the senseless violence that continues to take place on the streets of his native city. He used his post to send a message to those involved.

"Please consider what would have happened if one of y'all actually hit one another," he continued. "The jail, the lawyer fees, the funeral cost and two black families loss. I'm glad y'all cud not hit the side of a barn with a shot gun cuz this am y'all all are alive [sic]."

He also expressed his thanks to local community members and police for helping with the clean up effort, and promised to reopen the SWAG Shop as soon as possible.

Authorities have yet to identify any suspects in the shooting, according to TMZ.

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Rapper Roddy Ricch is reportedly safe after 3 people were shot on the set of his music video in Atlanta over the weekend.

"The Box" rapper was filming the music video in collaboration with fellow Atlanta rapper 42 Dugg at a scrapyard, when gunfire broke out. Three men were shot during the melee.

It was later confirmed that neither Rich nor Dugg were hit by gunfire.

XXL magazine reported that Antoine Blake and Vernon Moulder transported themselves to a hospital, where they are listed in "stable condition" after being shot.

Another man, Peter Cook, suffered "a laceration from a piece of debris". One person was arrested for drug possession at the scrapyard.

While Ricch has yet to address the shooting himself on his social media pages, his friend DJ A-Tron confirmed that he was unharmed, tweeting that "Roddy good, all the homies good".

Dugg took to his Instagram Live to reassure fans that he was fine, saying: "Y'all stop with that fake s**t, man. We ain't been around no gun shooting, none of that. Real talk, man. We good... Thanks for the love, though. I appreciate the love, though."

An eyewitness who was working as a medic on the set of the video told Atlanta's WSB-TV.

"Everyone started running, trying to get out. Or take cover, lot of places to take cover in there. Anyone that was injured, I laid hands on 'em to make sure they were OK. Just glad it wasn't a lot worse then it could have been... could have been worse."
 

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A New Jersey corrections officer confessed to killing two women because he was upset his Cougar girlfriend wasn't returning his calls.

John P. Menendez, 23, was charged with two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of his 40-year-old girlfriend, Anna Shpilberg, and her friend, Luiza Shinkarevskaya, also 40.

Police recovered a 9mm handgun registered to the former Hudson County corrections officer nearby, according to court documents obtained by the NY Post.

Police responding to 911 reports of gunshots on Tuesday found Shinkarevskaya dead with a gunshot wound to the head in a Jiffy's parking lot near Newark Liberty Airport.

While police were still at the scene, a bloodied Menendez approached them and confessed to killing Shinkarevskaya and his girlfriend, Shpilberg.

He said he shot Shpilberg, a dental hygienist, because he was angry she ignored his calls while on vacation with Shinkarevskaya.

"I can't believe I did this. Just arrest me, bro," he told police.

He then directed cops to a Mercedes-Benz C300 parked near Newark Penn Station. Shpilberg was found dead in the passenger seat with a bullet wound to the head, court papers say.

Menendez told police that both women were returning on a flight at the airport and that he was scheduled to pick them up, according to court documents.

Shpilberg's former fiancé, Fabian Goni, told police Menendez was controlling and regularly demanded she "report to him" on her whereabouts.

"He wanted texts and videos as proof of where she was," Goni said.

Menendez is being held without bond at the Essex County Jail.

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A Baltimore activist has proposed a novel solution to the city's skyrocketing murder rate -- paying gang members not to kill each other.

"I can relate to the shooters, guess what they want? They want money," Tyree Moorehead told FOX 45 of Baltimore.

Moorehead speaks from a unique perspective: he spent more than a decade in prison on a second-degree murder conviction at age 15.

Moorehead said he speaks with gang members and he believes he knows what will motivate them to put down their weapons: money.

"I've talked to these people, I've seen the shooters, it's a small city, I know who the hustlers are," he said.

In 2020, Baltimore recorded over 300 homicides for the sixth year in a row, Fox News reported.

The crime rate continued to rise despite the city's lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus in 2020.

Former Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith said he doesn't believe paying criminals more money than the city pays police officers will have an effect on the crime rate.

He said more money in the hands of criminals would only make it easier for them to acquire firearms.

"It could make it easier for people to get their hands on guns because they now have an influx of a different level of cash," Smith told FOX 45.