French Montana may be signed to Bad Boy Records, but when it comes to Friday morning's (March 1) [article id="1702880"]shooting[/article] that left one man dead, the rap star insists that he had nothing to do with it.
After his concert Thursday night at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philly, gunfire erupted in front of the hotel where Montana's bus was parked. Shortly after midnight a black four-door sedan pulled up and a passenger from the vehicle fired several shots. Two people standing in front of the hotel returned fire to vehicle, but police say no shots were fired from inside the tour bus. The incident claimed the life Jowann King, 26, of Flushing, New York, who was fatally shot in the chest. A second unidentified victim was treated and released.
"My bus was located in the vicinity of the incident that took place away from the venue, last night in Philadelphia," French said in a personal statement sent to MTV News. "I had a peaceful concert and was not involved. My deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the families of the victims, as well as all of those who were affected."
Montana and members of his crew, including fellow rapper Chinx Drugs were interviewed, but French's spokeswoman told MTV News that they were all released post questioning. "They are still interviewing a ton of people," said Philadelphia Police spokesperson Officer Christine O'Brien. "From what we were told he [Montana] was on the tour bus at the time and was not even aware of the shooting. The captain [in charge of the investigation] said everyone in [Montana's] group was more than cooperative with police."
MTV News has learned that French's Friday night stop in Allston, Massachusetts has been canceled, but the rapper's camp tells us that the tour will resume in New York City on March 4 and hit the rest of its scheduled stops.