Rapper Arrested for Gun Crime Hours After Club Shooting

Finese 2Tymes was taken into custody 24 hours later at his next gig
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 2, 2017 2:30 PM CDT
After AK Club Shooting, Rapper in Jail on Separate Charges
Ricky Hampton, aka Finese 2Tymes.   (Jefferson County Jail)

A rapper whose concert in Little Rock was the site of a shooting that left 28 people injured was arrested early Sunday on unrelated assault charges. Ricky Hampton, 25, also known as Finese 2Tymes, was arrested on outstanding charges of aggravated assault with a gun at the Side Effects Club in Birmingham, where Hampton was performing, the US Marshals Service says. Police say they believe the shooting stemmed from a dispute in the crowd and may be gang-related. The rapper took the stage in Birmingham just a day after gunfire broke out as he was performing at the Power Ultra Lounge. The AP reports that a booking rep for Finese 2Tymes says the rapper didn't consider canceling the Birmingham show despite the shooting because he wasn't responsible for what happened.

The volley of gunfire inside the Power Ultra Lounge came so fast that investigators believe multiple people were involved. A Facebook video posted from inside the club included audio of at least 24 rounds fired in about 11 seconds. Police Chief Kenton Buckner credited quick work by first responders for there being no fatalities. Mayor Mark Stodola says the city must "keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people" and suggested that people refuse to patronize clubs that seem to promote violence. Material advertising the concert by the Tennessee rapper showed a man pointing a gun at a camera. Buckner says police have not yet spoken with the rapper, who he says has outstanding warrants in the state. (More gun violence stories.)

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