Boe Skagz, a member of rap group Rusty Waters and the nephew of late hip-hop pioneer Jam Master Jay, was shot in the leg around 8 p.m. on Wednesday in Queens, New York.
According to a Queens police detective, Skagz told authorities that a boy in his late teens came out of nowhere, fired three shots at him and ran away. One bullet hit Skagz in the calf, and police said it appears he was shot from behind. No one has been arrested, and Skagz told police he did not recognize the assailant.
The rapper was treated at a Queens hospital on Wednesday and released on Thursday.
Authorities do not believe the incident is linked to the murder of Jam Master Jay, who was fatally shot in his Queens recording studio on October 30. Jam Master Jay had been producing tracks for Rusty Waters’ debut album on the day of his death, and Skagz had briefly stepped out of the studio when his uncle was killed.
According to a representative for Rusty Waters, the album, which had been due in March, has been indefinitely shelved by Virgin Records. Skagz could not be reached for comment.
For full coverage of the Jam Master Jay case, see the Jam Master Jay Reports.