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Knoxville, TN –
Finesse2Tymes’ crew has been accused of shooting up and stealing from a cannabis store in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Memphis-bred rapper (real name Ricky Hampton) was performing at My Canna Buds on Sunday night (January 1) when a fight broke out and shots were fired, according to WREG.
Police responded to the shooting at around 2:20 a.m. early Monday (January 2) and discovered three gunshot victims, who were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Footage of the incident shared on YouTube shows Finesse2Tymes sat on the stage performing when a fight breaks out in the crowd to the left of him, prompting him to jump off the stage and stop his performance.
As the rest of the crowd disperses, multiple people — some of whom were stood near the rapper — can be seen fighting before two shots are fired, amplifying the panic inside the store.
A spokesperson for the Knoxville Police Department said numerous individuals are believed to have fired shots and multiple firearms were recovered at the scene. They added that numerous witnesses and possible suspects were detained for further investigation.
A local boxer named Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler, who says he helped sell tickets to the show, claimed Finesse2Tymes’ entourage was behind the shooting and also robbed the store. However, he clarified that the rapper himself wasn’t involved.
“1st of all y’all it wasn’t Knoxville it was 2tymes people who shot then they rob cannabuds,” he wrote on Facebook. “I save 3 to 4 people Bullet went past my left ear I just knew I had to get down thank God I’m still here thankful it was a no fatalities but they didn’t steal.”
Butler also posted security footage from inside the store showing multiple women seemingly emptying a cash box and walking off with a black trash bag.
Finesse2Tymes — who is signed to Atlantic Records, Moneybagg Yo’s Bread Gang and J. Prince Jr.’s Mob Ties — allegedly denied the allegations on Snapchat, while accusing the concert promoters of stiffing him.
“Hope everybody made it out safe we don’t come looking for problems but we handles dem somebody check on Joseph…. he got duh shyt beat out of himself literally,” he wrote, according to a screenshot.
In another post, he wrote: “Yall goofy MTFs betta quit lying on my name, aint nobody robbed no damn body…MTF I got paid my front end before I hit duh stage… Everybody chasing MTF clout damn duh year just started.
“Talking about my security robbed dem… Naw this on my kids them folk tried to set me up so they wouldn’t have 2 pay a n-gga duh backend which I showed them love and told duh MTFs they could make it off duh door and pay me my bac ends afta duh show…I was sitting down when duh bo came up and did dat hoe shyt ion know why MTFs playing wit me I’m on my federally probation.”
He added: “Then the ownrs thought I wasn’t supposed to get my bac end nah MTF we had a contractual agrees just because you couldn’t keep them goofy ass n-ggaz in order don’t mean I’m not supposed to get my paper I did what I was supposed 2 do perform!!”
The shooting comes just six months after Finesse2Tymes was released from prison after serving over three-and-a-half years behind bars on a weapons charge.
The 30-year-old was charged in connection with a June 2017 shooting in Arkansas, in which he is alleged to have fired an “AK-style pistol” at a person in a vehicle after a verbal altercation outside a nightclub.
It also comes just weeks after the release of his major label debut, 90 Days, which featured collaborations with Moneybagg Yo, Lil Baby, Gucci Mane and Tay Keith.
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