Kodak Black’s lawyer Bradford Cohen has said that the musician is “in stable condition” after being shot in the leg outside of a restaurant in West Hollywood, after attending a party hosted by Justin Bieber.
The statement from Cohen said that “there was an unprovoked attack on an individual Kodak was with” and that he would “make a full recovery”.
He added: “There was an unprovoked attack on an individual Kodak was with, when security and Kodak came to his aid, several shots were fired at them by an unidentified assailant. Luckily, this was all caught on video.”
Black was one of four men who were shot in the early hours of Saturday (12 February).
On Friday (11 February), Kodak was shot in the leg whilst leaving a party held for fellow musician Justin Bieber.
Bieber was holding a party at The Nice Guy restaurant in LA ahead of his Super Bowl performance.
According to reports, Black and a few others had been outside the restaurant in the early hours of Saturday (12 February) morning. A fight reportedly broke out amongst the group, with Black allegedly witnessed as attempting to punch someone before gunshots were heard.
A source told Page Six: “The fight was believed to have started with someone in Kodak Black’s entourage.
“After others jumped in, shots were fired… and then all hell broke loose.”
They also added: “One victim sustained injuries to his shoulder, another to the buttocks and a third was believed to be shot in the leg.”
A Los Angeles Police Department statement said: “On February 12, 2022, around 2:45 am, Wilshire Area police officers responded to gunshots heard in the 400 block of North La Cienega Boulevard.
“Upon arrival, officers located two victims of gunshot wounds.
“Preliminary investigation revealed there was a physical altercation between several individuals at the location. Gunshots were fired by an unknown suspect, who fled south from the location.”
The after party guest list included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, rapper Drake, actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, and influencers Kendall Jenner and Khloe Kardashian.
Following the gunshots, Bieber and wife Hailey were both seen being ushered out of the venue by their private security.
Who else was involved in the shooting?
According to TMZ, Black had been joined by fellow rappers Lil Baby and Gunna outside the restaurant.
The Los Angeles Police Department said: “Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported two victims to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
“Officers discovered there were two additional victims who self-transported to local hospitals, bringing the total shot to four.
“All four victims are listed in stable condition.”
A 19 year old and 60 year old were the two taken straight to hospital from the scene, whereas Black is believed to be one of the victims to have transported themselves to the hospital.
Has anyone been arrested?
No arrests have been made yet in regards to the shooting.
The LAPD say that “the suspect is described as a male Black” and “no arrests have been made”.
Who is Kodak Black?
Kodak Black, whose real name is Bill Kahan Kapri (born Dieuson Octave) is an American rapper best known for songs like No Flockin, Tunnel Vision and Zeze.
Talking to Passion Weiss in 2014, Black explained that he was “in elementary school when I started rapping”.
He said: “After school, me and all my little young homeboys, we used to rap and try to show off for all the older boys.”
Black also added: “I was coming every day after school, in a trap house just rapping. I wasn’t sellin’ no drugs–I was just in elementary school – I was just coming to rap.”
When Black was younger, he got in trouble for breaking into houses, and in fifth grade was expelled from school for fighting. He was also arrested for auto theft when he was in middle school as well.
He started to gain recognition as a rapper after Drake posted a video of himself dancing to one of Black’s songs - Skrt - in October 2015. That same month, Black signed a deal with Atlantic Records.
Throughout his musical career, Black has released three studio albums, Painting Pictures in 2017, Dying to Live in 2018, and Bill Israel in 2020.
Black has dealt with a number of legal issues throughout his life, including being charged with robbery, battery, sexual assault, false imprisonment of a child, possession of cannabis, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and armed robbery.
In 2019, Black was sentenced to 46 months in prison after pleading guilty to weapons charges. He had been arrested as he was preparing to perform at Miami’s Rolling Loud festival.
However, at the beginning of 2021, he was one of 140 people who were either granted pardons or saw their sentences commuted by the then-US President Donald Trump.
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