Freddie Gibbs performed for a packed house at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Monday night, but when the Gary, Indiana native got in his car to leave the venue around 1:13 a.m. a gunman opened fire, unloading bullets into his vehicle.
According to The New York Post, Gibbs left the car, parked near the corner of 9th Street and Wythe Avenue, and returned to Rough Trade for safety. He was unharmed, but one person was shot in the arm and the other in the leg. Both victims are listened in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital.
Investigators later explained to Gibbs that the shooter had been hanging around his entourage all night. Camera footage shows the assailant trying to blend in, and pretending to be a part of the crew, but eventually he left to wait for Gibbs outside.
"They tried to kill Tupac. They tried to kill me,” Gibbs told The Post. “I’m still alive.”
The Cocaine Piñata MC wouldn't share a possible motive for the shooting, and when police showed the rapper photos of the gunmen, he didn't recognize him.
Since the venue did not have metal detectors, the perpetrator managed to enter with his gun. “At one point, he [the shooter] was standing right next to you,” an investigator told Gibbs. “The opportunity was there if he wanted to shoot.”