On Wednesday, Trae tweeted “I Appreciate All Tha Prayers, Calls, & Luv.. I’m Ok … I’m On The Road To Recovery… I Love Y’all….. #Amen,” but on Thursday (June 21), he began to express his grief.
“Sitting Here Thinking & Being Greatful To Be Livin… But Can’t explain Tha Pain Felt For Those Who Died #GodBlessTheDead …,” he wrote. “I done been through hell and back these last 3 years..& Thinking of Dinky Fighting for his last breath knowin nothing can be done… Damn.”
Houston’s self-proclaimed “King of the Streets” was rushed to the hospital and treated for his gunshot wound on Wednesday morning following a shootout at an after-hours club in Southwest Houston. While Trae has since been treated and released, three victims, including ABN crew member Dinky D and affiliate Poppa C, died at the scene.
“I’m alive though so my pain is really with the families of those whose lives were lost, one of whom was a part of my ABN family, ” Trae said in an official press release sent to MTV News. “There are children that lost a parent that night and that’s the biggest tragedy. ”
The shooting has not only affected family and friends but the Texas rap community as well. “RIP Dinky D and Poppa c,” Bun B tweeted on Wednesday.
Slim Thug followed with his own message. “Im just waking up hearing all this, we was all together yesterday prayers out to the whole #ABN I can’t believe Dinky died #RIP Dinky.”
Trae says he wasn’t an intended target, instead just an innocent victim. After the rapper finished performing, he and his team were walking out of the venue when the gunfire erupted. “I don’t know what started the shooting or who was targeted,” Trae said. “I just know that the crowd of people started moving in my direction and we were basically all sitting ducks at that point. A case of wrong place, wrong time.”
The death of Trae’s close friend Clip D last November weighed heavily on the rapper. “I kinda went back in a shell. I got back in that zone where it was F the world, I didn’t want to be bothered, I didn’t want to look at nobody,” Trae told Mixtape Daily during a February interview in Orlando, Florida.
No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting.
[Editor’s note: The article was updated on June 22, 2012, to reflect the official statement from Trae Tha Truth.]