Shooting Rattles Radio Station After Lil’ Kim Visit

Man wounded in skirmish outside New York's Hot 97 following rapper's departure.

Gunfire erupted after Lil’ Kim left New York City radio station Hot 97 on Sunday afternoon, leaving a Bronx man shot in the back.

An argument between two groups of three men broke out in the street outside the station shortly after 3 p.m., according to a police report. Shots were fired — evidenced by shell casings police found at the scene — and one of the men, 31-year-old Efrain Ocasio, wound up with a slug in the back. The others fled before police arrived.

Ocasio was admitted to Manhattan’s St. Vincent’s Hospital in serious condition on Sunday and was discharged Monday (February 26), according to a hospital spokesperson.

Earlier in the afternoon, Lil’ Kim had appeared on DJ Clue’s Hot 97 radio show to promote his album, The Professional 2, on which she performs the track “Chinatown.” She was not present during the skirmish, according to the police report.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, police said. Police would not say whether or not they had any suspects in the case.

Spokespeople for Lil’ Kim had no comment at press time. Calls to representatives for Hot 97 have not been returned.