Beanie Sigel is recuperating from gunshot wounds to the arm after an attempted robbery on Thursday morning (May 25). The rapper was treated at the University of Philadelphia hospital early Thursday and released several hours later.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sigel was dressed in a hospital robe, with his arm in a sling and a hospital blanket covering his head, when he left the hospital. "I'm shot. I got shot. I'm cool," he told reporters.
A Philadelphia police spokesperson told MTV News Thursday morning that Sigel was in his vehicle at the intersection of 22nd and Sigel streets (the street that inspired his stage moniker) around 7:10 a.m. that morning when five black males approached him in two vehicles, one of which was detailed as a dark Dodge Mirada with tinted windows.
One of the men — described as a bearded black male in his 30s wearing jeans and Timberland boots — opened fire, and one or two bullets struck Sigel in his upper-right arm. Sigel was able to flee the scene and drove himself to the University of Pennsylvania hospital.
The rapper's representatives could not be reached for comment.
Sigel (Dwight Grant) was released from prison in August after serving a year on weapons charges (see "Beanie Sigel Released From Prison") and was acquitted of attempted murder the following month (see "Beanie Sigel Acquitted In Attempted-Murder Trial").
In October, his stepfather, Samuel Derry, was murdered in Philadelphia (see "Suspect Charged In Murder Of Beanie Sigel's Stepfather"). Sigel was also briefly jailed in November for failure to pay child support.
[This story was originally published at 7:30 a.m. ET on 05.25.2006]