Boosie Badazz shot in leg in Dallas: Was he next target after Mo3's murder? A look at rapper's past legal issues
Boosie was driving through the town in a sprinter van when an unidentified individual opened the fire on the vehicle and one of the bullets struck Boosie in the leg
Days after Dallas-based rapper Mo3 was shot dead, American rapper Boosie Badazz, a frequent collaborator with the former, was shot in the leg and rushed to hospital, as reported by TMZ. The law enforcement sources spilled the beans to the gossip website revealing that 38-year-old rapper, whose real name is Torrence Ivy Hatch Jr, was shot in Dallas on Saturday, November 14, near a strip mall called Big T’s Plaza.
According to the website, Boosie was driving through the town in a sprinter van when an unidentified individual opened the fire on the vehicle and one of the bullets struck Boosie in the leg. TMZ reports that Boosie and his squad made their way to a hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound below the knee. If sources are to be believed, the rapper seems to be doing fine and the injury is not life-threatening.
A Twitter video was also shared by the website posted by someone else which shows the location of the apparent shootout and reveals there were multiple vehicles involved- at least three of them. Dallas PD told TMZ that officers responded to reports of an armed encounter on Saturday where the callers stated someone had been shot and then fled in a private vehicle. However, when the cops arrived at the scene, there was nobody around and no signs of a crime being committed could be sensed.
Boosie Badazz has been involved in a few legal issues in the past. The rapper, who also goes by the name of Lil Boosie, pled guilty with third-offense possession of marijuana charge in September 2009 for which he was sent to two years in jail. However, between his plea and sentencing, Boosie was electronically monitored and placed under house arrest.
According to various media outlets, Boosie and his two associates were indicted on charges of first-degree murder of Terry Boyd in June 2010. Boosie also faced charges for three counts of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, three counts of “conspiracy to commit possession with intent to distribute narcotics” and two counts of “conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution”. According to the Billboard, district attorney Hiler Moore stated that the killing seemed to be "over turf" and that if Lil Boosie is convicted the death penalty is not out of the question. It was also reported that in addition to these charges, prosecutors believed the rapper may have been involved in at least five other slayings.
Boosie was then sentenced to eight years in state prison in 2011 after pleading guilty to the drug charges, however, in May 2012, a jury found Boosie not guilty of first-degree murder after rapper’s attorneys were able to argue that the drug ring charge was a set-up. The rapper remained on parole until 2018 after he was released from jail in 2014 in the drug-related case. After 2018, the Louisiana rapper faced multiple charges in 2019 after police in Newnan, Georgia, revealed they found a gun, marijuana and more than $20,000 in his car during a traffic stop, as reported by CNN. The rapper then posted $4,050 in bond and was released from Coweta County Jail, as confirmed by the Billboard.