Gunfire erupted at Rolling Loud hip-hop festival in Miami, wounding two and killing one early Sunday afternoon.
According to Miami-Dade Police Spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta, gunmen opened fire from a passing Cadillac Escalade on hip-hop artist Kentrell DeSean Gaulden (AKA: NBA YoungBoy) and his 10-person entourage as they exited Trump International Beach Resort Miami in Sunny Isles Beach.
Gaulden’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Kaylyn Marie Long, was shot and a 5-year-old child visiting from Texas was also struck.
Members of Gaulden’s entourage, who were were legally armed, returned fire on the passing vehicle. Police report cars in the area were riddled with bullet holes after the shooting, but it is unknown if the suspects in the Escalade were injured by the gun fire.
43-year-old Mohamad Jradi, an employee of Hertz Rental Car, was fatally struck by one of the bullets fired by Gaulden’s party as he sat in his van across the street.
Since the members of Gaulden’s party were legally armed and acting in self-defense, MDPD spokesman Zabaleta says they will not be charged in Jradi’s death.
4 men were initially detained during the investigation, but later released after no connection to the shooting was found.
Tayna Ocampo, who is staying at the same hotel, told ABC 7 she was in the area for the festival while attending her daughter’s college graduation and enjoyed the event, but was shocked by the violence, though she felt it was part of the culture of the music.
“These new rap stars, or whatever, that’s their thing,” she said.
The organizers of the Rolling Loud Festival, a three day long hip-hop music event held at the Miami Dolphins stadium, were unapologetic about the violence.
Shrugging off the concerns of attendees, the festivals official Twitter posted this message:
“IF YOU DIDN’T ENJOY ROLLING LOUD DESPITE THE HICCUPS, STAY HOME NEXT YEAR…THIS IS HIP-HOP.”
The account has since been suspended.
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