Gunshots erupted in a South Florida shopping mall parking lot near where rapper French Montana was allegedly filming a music video Thursday night, injuring several people. He was not injured.
Montana tweeted about the incident on Friday, describing the gathering as a celebration of his latest mixtape and calling the situation a “wrong place, wrong time” circumstance.
“I was in Miami last night celebrating the release of my CB6 mixtape with friends at a local restaurant,” Montana wrote. “Unfortunately we were in the wrong place at the wrong time when an incident occurred that left people injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families at this time.”
USA TODAY has contacted Miami Gardens police for more information on the victims’ injuries.
Investigators were looking into reports that video was being filmed at the restaurant, Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt said Friday.
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“We believe this is an isolated incident,” Noel-Pratt said.
Miami Gardens police spokeswoman Diana Gourgue told reporters she could not confirm reports that up to 10 people had been injured, saying “at this time it is only multiple victims who were injured.”
A large crowd had gathered outside the restaurant at the time of the shooting, Gourgue said. The condition of the injured is unknown, but there were no fatalities.
Miami rapper CED Mogul told reporters the shooting occurred after someone’s Rolex watch and car keys were stolen. He said the video was supposed to be filmed at a nearby KFC restaurant, but it was moved after an altercation. The city’s police chief told reporters that the producers of the video had not obtained the necessary permits.
On Friday night, Chief Noel-Pratt released a statement calling the situation a “senseless tragedy” adding that organizers “failed to obtain the required permits from the city,” leading to “an unfortunate situation.”
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“If the necessary agencies were notified in advance and protocol followed, police officers would have been on-site to safeguard the community and help deter and respond, if necessary, to any situation that might arise,” he wrote. Pratt.
French Montana was shot in the head and seriously injured in 2003 when two gunmen opened fire outside a recording studio in New York City. One of the gunmen accidentally shot the other, killing him.
French Montana, who was born in Morocco and whose real name is Karim Kharbouch, is best known for his 2017 album “Jungle Rules” and its lead single “Unforgettable,” which hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Contribution: Elise Brisco, USA TODAY; The Associated Press