Twitter users prayed for Rapper Beanie Sigel, who is reported in critical condition following surgery at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, WCAU, Philadelphia, reported Sunday. Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, has not been able to talk to authorities because of his injuries. He remains sedated, but authorities revealed it's imperative to get his side of the story.
“Shell casings and ammunition were found outside but when we got there [Sigel] was inside the house,” Police Chief Jose Ruiz said, according to KYW-TV, Philadelphia. “Everything is contingent on [Sigel] speaking to us. Other than that nobody was out there.”
The bullet entered his stomach exited through his back after he was shot outside his New Jersey home Friday. Although the attacker reportedly hadn't meant to shoot Sigel, an argument outside of the rapper’s home reportedly prompted the gunfire.
"The whole thing is a tragedy," one of the rapper's cousin's told WCAU. "It's just very sad and I just ask that everybody keep our family in prayer and that he pulls through."
The Philadelphia-born rapper, 40, was not the only victim. Umar Salahuddin, 22, was also hurt in the incident but refused to talk to authorities, KYW-TV said. His injuries were not severe and he reportedly declined medical treatment.
No arrests have been made and the shooting remains under investigation.
Twitter users sent prayers out to Sigel after they heard about the shooting. Some of their comments have been posted below:
Everyone keep Beanie Sigel in your prayers!
— Duck Down Music Inc. (@DuckDownMusic) December 7, 2014
Prayers go out to Beanie Sigel, who is in "critical condition" after being shot yesterday. One of Philly's finest
— Mike (@mikeonhiatus) December 7, 2014
Prayers go out to Beanie Sigel. He's in critical condition after a shooting.
— Aye Cue™ (@AyeCueMusic) December 7, 2014
The rapper, who was once mentored by Jay Z, has had legal trouble throughout his career. Sigel was released from prison in August after he served two years for evading $728,000 in taxes, which was served concurrently with a drug possession charge, the Independent reported. He was shot a day before his probation was supposed to be completed.
Sigel, who was once signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, had three albums in the top five on the Billboard charts. His concert, "Beanie Sigel: The Return," was scheduled for Dec. 18 in Philadelphia.
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