Young Jeezy was arrested in South Beach, Florida, early Friday morning and charged with two counts of carrying a concealed firearm without a permit.
According to a Miami Beach Police Department report, the rapper (born Jay Jenkins) was arrested after an alleged shootout in South Beach involving members of his entourage. Police spokesperson Officer Bobby Hernandez said Jeezy was with a group of men who were involved in a fight around 5:30 a.m. Friday. When a passer-by filming the scuffle refused to hand over his video camera, one of the men in the group began shooting. No one was injured.
Hernandez said Jeezy and approximately nine other men fled in two SUVs and a witness alerted police that men with guns had sped away from the shooting in a black 2005 Lincoln Navigator with Florida plates. When officers stopped the Navigator a short time later, they found Jeezy sitting behind the front passenger seat with a semiautomatic firearm under his seat and another semiautomatic gun near the armrest, according to the police report.
"There were four guns total in the car," Hernandez said, "and [Jeezy] was in control of two of them." The report said that the two guns were both "readily accessible to the defendant." The report also states that Jeezy has a prior arrest for carrying a concealed firearm and does not have a concealed-carry permit.
Young Jeezy's attorney said the rapper will fight the charges. "He adamantly denies any weapons recovered were his, and we are confident that he will be vindicated," attorney Scott E. Leemon said.
Two other men in Jeezy's entourage were arrested as well: Tramiel De Juan Golden, who was charged with strong armed robbery, and Steven Lesly Savain, detained on trespassing charges stemming from a previous warrant for his arrest.
A spokesperson for Jeezy's label could not be reached for comment.
[This story was originally published at 7:11 a.m. ET on 03.13.2006]