The Saturday shooting in Alabama, where two people were killed and six left wounded, is under police investigation.
The victims were identified as 21-year-old Kimberle Johnson and 22-year-old Glenn Thomas, aka rapper Doe B, both of Montgomery.
Reportedly, Doe B was the target of the shooting, however, Kim was caught in the crossfire, and was killed after being shot in the head. According to the girl’s Instagram account, Johnson turned 21 this week and was a student at Troy University in nearby Troy, Ala.
Montgomery police say they responded to reports of a shooting on Highland Avenue at around 1:30 a.m. 21-year-old Kimberle Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene, and Doe B was taken to Baptist Medical Center South, where he was later pronounced dead. Six other people at the scene were hospitalized for gunshot wounds. Police are continuing to investigate.
Police said in a statement that officers found six other victims with gunshot wounds. They said all of them were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Lt. Regina Duckett told The Montgomery Advertiser that those people were listed in stable condition on Saturday morning, reports the ABC News.
DJ Frank White of Montgomery, who managed Doe B.’s career, said the shooting took place at Centennial Hill Bar & Grill in Montgomery and that Doe B. wasn’t performing at the time.
The venue called the Centennial Hill Bar and Grill, formerly known as Rose Supper Club, lost its liquor license and closed a year ago after a December 2012 shooting left six people injured. Centennial Hill opened earlier this year, writes the Huff Post.
No arrests had made by mid-day Saturday. Local media carried a statement by Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, who said the city had decided to shut down the club because it poses “an imminent threat to the public’s safety.”
“I believe it is not a matter of ‘if’, but ‘when’ the next tragic incident occurs at this business,” he said in a written statement (via WSFA 12 News). “That is unacceptable, and that is why we have ordered the business to be closed effective immediately.”
In his brief but promising career, Doe B specialized in the Trap style of hip-hop and was known for his relaxed delivery and signature eye patch — the result of another shooting three years ago.
He was signed to Atlanta-based label Grand Hustle Records by founder T.I. and made noise on the Hustle Gang’s “G.D.O.D. compilation, later releasing the buzz-grabbing mixtape “Baby Jesus” over the summer. In recent months he has dropped videos for tracks including “Let Me Find Out” featuring T.I. and Juicy J, “Trap Muzik” and “2 Many,” featuring Rich Homie Quan, says the Billboard.
Machine Gun Kelly also paid his respects on the social media site, while sounding off on the circumstances of the shooting. “Damn. RIP Doe B. this rap shits crazy right now. Condolences to his family,” he wrote. “Clubs keep lettin guns in the club as if that’s not where we as artists work. We got families to go home to, fuck is wrong with y’all.”