Police Looking Into Supreme Link In Ja Rule Party Shooting

One of the men shot Monday is the brother of drug lord's associate.

An ex-con shot outside a party hosted by Ja Rule at the LQ club early Monday morning in New York is the brother of a man implicated in the ongoing drug and murder probe involving the Inc. record label.

According to reports, Troy Moore, 37, in stable condition at a New York hospital, is the older brother of Tyran "Tata" Moore, a longtime associate of notorious drug lord Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff. McGriff is the target of an investigation into rap-related murders and allegations that he used drug money to help boyhood pal Irv Gotti fund Murder Inc., label home to Ja and singer Ashanti (see "Drugs, Friends & Allegations: Inside The Murder Inc. Raid").

Moore and William Clark, 39, were shot by an unknown person in a yellow jacket around 3:30 a.m. outside the Latin-themed club. Though wounded in the chest and buttocks, Clark drove himself to a local police station and was later admitted to an area hospital, where he died Monday afternoon (see "One Man Fatally Shot, Another Wounded Outside Ja Rule Party In New York").

Both men had served time in prison, according to reports — Moore for assault and Clark for a gun charge. Neither NYPD nor FBI spokespeople would elaborate on any ties between Moore and Clark to McGriff, citing the ongoing investigation.

"Tata" Moore is currently in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, awaiting sentencing on a federal gun charge. According to The Associated Press, law-enforcement sources said investigators are looking into any possible link between the shooting, the Inc. and McGriff.

Monday's shooting occurred one week after a fan was shot outside a Ja Rule afterparty in Peoria, Illinois (see "Fight Breaks Out At Ja Rule Afterparty; One Man Shot").