One of the newest members of Strange Music was shot in the buttocks early this morning during a shootout in downtown Reno, Nevada.
According to Kolo TV, the collective had just finished a performance at the Knitting Factory when shots rang out in the Douglas Alley between the Knitting Factory and the Old Fitzgerald casino. Two unnamed victims were shot during the melee, but neither of their injuries are life-threatening.
Police described the scene as “chaotic,” with close to 16 rounds being fired. Officers arrested the suspected shooter who matches descriptions provided by witnesses and had a gun that matched the shell casings on the ground. Officials believe the shooting was not gang related.
The newest member of Strange Music, who sustained injuries to his backside, had only joined the team a few weeks back, and was serving as one of the openers on the tour.
UPDATE: Strange Music provided HipHopDX with the following official statement: “Earlier this morning in the city of Reno, Nevada an unfortunate incident took place involving a performer with an opening act on Tech N9ne’s current U.S. Tour. Nearly two hours after the show had ended, it appears that this performer was the victim of a random and senseless act of violence on a nearby city street adjacent to the club where he had performed hours earlier. By all reports, the victim was talking on his phone when he was approached by six individuals who had not been in attendance at that evening’s show. Shortly after, shots were fired and the victim was struck multiple times. He was rushed to a local hospital where he remains in serious condition but is expected to recover. Not long after the incident took place, four suspects who had fled the scene on foot were detained and taken into custody by local law enforcement, including what appears to be the main suspect and shooter in the incident. No other info has been made available at the time of releasing this statement.”
HipHopDX will keep you updated.