New York, NY – The NYPD has reportedly identified a person of interest in the recent Surviving R. Kelly shooting threat. According to TMZ, a man with a 773 area code in Chicago — the R&B singer’s hometown — has been located, but authorities aren’t ready to release his name yet. It also hasn’t been determined whether or not the person has any connection to Kelly.
The incident occurred on Tuesday (December 4) at the NeueHouse in New York City during a screening of the Lifetime docuseries. The movie centers around Kelly’s sexual abuse accusations and legal troubles over the years.
Twenty minutes into the event, a male caller claimed there was a shooter in the audience who would open fire if the movie wasn’t stopped. Subsequently, the venue was quickly evacuated.
In an interview with Variety, Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly said she believes her ex-husband is connected to the threat.
“I can’t speak to what he would or would not do because I don’t know what his mindset is right now,” she said. “But I would say that I don’t believe in happenstance, I don’t believe that anything is a coincidence. I do believe that in some shape, form or fashion it is connected to him.
“Now, whether he orchestrated it or not, that I cannot say. But I just do not believe in coincidences. Of all the theaters, of all the nights, of all the premiers, it happened with us.”
The docuseries is expected to premiere next month on Lifetime.