Getting shot on the way to your mother’s funeral would put a damper on anyone’s spirits, but Benzino looks to be doing well following the drama that he endured over the weekend.
“I’m good, I got shot in my arm. I got shot twice — one of the bullets grazed my back and one here,” Benzino told Boston-based media outlet NEHip-Hop from his hospital bed, pointing to his right arm. “I got to do some physical therapy for a while on my hand, but I’m alright.”
The rapper and “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” star was shot by his nephew on Saturday while he was driving in a funeral procession for his mother, who passed away last week. Benzino was at one point described as being in “critical condition” but appeared to be making a full recovery in his first video interview since the shooting.
According to reports, Benzino was driving southbound on Route 3 in Duxbury, Massachusetts, when his nephew, 36-year-old Gai Scott, pulled up alongside his SUV and fired several shots. The gunman was arrested and charged with armed assault with intent to murder.
“I’m more embarrassed than anything else to be honest with you,” Zino said. “Because me being a public figure and having people see that me and my family are going through that. I didn’t appreciate that.”
Benzino wouldn’t elaborate on the shooting, citing the pending investigation, but found comfort with the thought of his mother resting in peace.
“At the end of the day, my mother is up there with her family now, and she’s happy right now. I know she’s resting,” he said.