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New surveillance footage of fatal Walmart shooting North Carolina from 2018 could harm the argument that rapper DaBaby had fired in self-defense, according to a report.
Just 11 weeks before signing a career-changing deal with Interscope Records, DaBaby, whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, allegedly gunned down 19-year-old Jaylin Craig at a Walmart in Huntersville, a suburb outside of Charlotte. , North Carolina, November 5, 2018.
rolling stone reported that newly obtained surveillance footage of the shooting portrays DaBaby, now a seven-time Grammy nominee, as the attacker and may undermine his argument that he shot in self-defense.
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After the fatal shooting, the rapper hopped on his Instagram and claimed in a video on his Story that men approached him and pulled out a gun while DaBaby was shopping with his then-girlfriend and their friends. five-year-old and one-year-old children. children. Kirk maintained that he fired his own gun in defense of his family.
Kirk was never prosecuted in Craig’s death.
DaBaby attends the world premiere of “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” in New York on July 15, 2021. Authorities say a person was shot and injured at rapper DaBaby’s home in North Carolina. The Troutman Police Department said the shooting took place on April 13, 2022, and the person’s injuries were not life-threatening.
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Craig’s family say the teenager was a fan of the up-and-coming rapper when he and longtime friend Henry Douglas recognized DaBaby at Walmart. The family say new video obtained by Rolling Stone proves their son was trying to broadcast a fight in progress when he was killed.
The footage shows Douglas standing in a Walmart aisle with his hands in his pockets as DaBaby charges towards him in frame and a fight between the two ensues.
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We see Craig trying to get in the middle of the two. A third clip shows DaBaby picking up a gun from the floor, pointing it away from him as if signaling to shoot, then hiding the gun in his pants.
Video shows Craig pulled out a gun at some point during the scuffle, but it was unclear if he first brandished it at DaBaby or put it back in his belt when the rapper shot him.
“I feel like they just swept it under the rug,” Craig’s mother, LaWanda Horsley, told Rolling Stone. “[Kirk] knows what he did. I’m not doing this without glory or anything because at the end of the day Jaylin Craig is gone.”
In this March 14, 2021 file photo, DaBaby arrives at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
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The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office initially charged the rapper with felony concealed weaponry, but later dismissed the charge in March 2019 when a key witness failed to appear in court. The state pursued the same charge, and Kirk was convicted in June 2019.
Judge Tyyawdi Hands, later pictured with the rapper in the summer of 2020 at a Black Lives Matter event, sentenced Kirk to 12 months unsupervised probation, with a suspended 30-day prison sentence.
The district attorney’s office told Rolling Stone that it “reviewed the police investigation file and agrees with the Huntersville Police Department’s decision not to prosecute Mr. Kirk because prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in self-defence.”
DaBaby reacted to news of the music video resurfacing on his verified Twitter account.
DaBaby poses backstage at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards broadcast on May 23, 2021 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
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Hot 107.9 radio personality Ebro asked: “Why are people acting like the 2018 video of the Da Baby’s Walmart incident hasn’t already been seen by Walmart, the police and the courts? ”
“Because the media has a** brainwashed them,” DaBaby wrote in response Monday.
“In my eyes, I feel [Jaylin] was murdered,” Craig’s father, Curtis, told Rolling Stone. “And [Kirk] got away with it. All that he [does] it’s pretty much the same thing. He attacks people, he gets away with it. Every case you look at, they reject it. Why is he coming down?
It comes after a man was shot and injured outside DaBaby’s North Carolina mansion earlier this month. It wasn’t immediately clear if the rapper was the one who fired the shots.
Last summer, Fox News Digital reported that two men, including one from DaBaby’s entourage, were arrested in connection with a Memorial Day weekend shooting outside the Prime 112 steakhouse in Miami Beach. DaBaby was also questioned but released without any charges.
This wasn’t the rapper’s first run-in with police in the Miami area. In January 2020, Kirk was arrested in Miami after he and a group of men allegedly hit a music promoter short of $10,000 over a payment for a performance, CBS News previously reported. Once in custody, police learned that DaBaby also had an active warrant for his arrest in Texas over a battery charge.
Last summer, DaBaby was convicted of homophobic remarks about people living with HIV/AIDS.