Rapper Kodak Black, three others shot in West Hollywood
Kodak Black, the rapper whose legal name is Bill Kapri, was among three people shot early Saturday outside a restaurant in West Hollywood, California, four law enforcement sources familiar with investigation told NBC News.
The 24-year-old Florida rapper and three others were shot; two were taken by ambulance and two self-transported to a hospital, the Los Angeles Police Department said. All are in stable condition.
It not immediately clear what sparked the fight outside the club in the 400 block of N. La Cienega Boulevard. But an LAPD spokesman said the victims were shot when they emerged from the club during the fight.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
The LAPD said in a press release Saturday they are searching for a black male suspect who fled south from the location.
KNBC anchor/reporter Robert Kovacik reported that the scuffle occurred outside of Nice Guy, an Italian restaurant. Nice Guy owner John Terzian confirmed to NBC News that Justin Bieber was hosting an after party inside the restaurant on the night of the shooting.
According to footage of the shooting obtained by TMZ, Kodak Black was leaving the restaurant with an entourage that included friend and rapper Gunna. In the footage, they paused to pose for photos with fans.
Surrounded by over a dozen paparazzi, a confused fistfight amongst a group of men standing around a red Ferrari in the street spills back onto the sidewalk and is then interrupted by 10 gunshots that send the crowd running for their lives.
Kapri was originally born Dieuson Octave and, the AP reported, had by age 21 amassed an extensive rap sheet. Kapri was sentenced to prison in 2019 for weapons possession and was pardoned in 2021 by former president Donald J. Trump.