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Rapper XXXTentacion Dies After Being Shot in Florida Outside Motorcycle Dealer: Report

Monday - 18/06/2018 20:42
The shooting was first reported at 3:57 p.m. at a Deerfield Beach motorsports shop, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
XXXTentacion (center) attends the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 on Oct. 6, 2017. (Photo by Thaddaeus McAdams/FilmMagic)
XXXTentacion (center) attends the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 on Oct. 6, 2017. (Photo by Thaddaeus McAdams/FilmMagic)

Rapper XXXTentacion was fatally shot on Monday as he was leaving a motorcycle dealership north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, TMZ reports.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office told PEOPLE that authorities could not confirm XXXTentacion (born Jahseh Onfroy) was the victim but that they had responded to a shooting at a Deerfield Beach motorsports dealer.

The shooting was first reported at 3:57 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s officials said later Monday afternoon that the victim in that altercation had died after being hospitalized. The victim was described as an adult male but further information was not immediately released.

Police dispatch audio obtained by TMZ shows the shooting was reported as a possible drive-by involving multiple gunshots.

A witness said someone in a black Dodge SUV fired on someone in a black BMW, according to the dispatcher.

An apparent onlooker at the scene soon shared video on Twitter that was widely viewed showing a man who looks like XXXTentacion sitting motionless in the front seat of a vehicle as someone checked his pulse.

Rapper XXXTentacion poses for his mugshot after being charged in a a 2016 domestic violence case on Dec. 15, 2017 in Miami. (Photo: Miami Dade County Corrections via Getty Images)
Rapper XXXTentacion poses for his mugshot after being charged in a a 2016 domestic violence case on Dec. 15, 2017 in Miami. (Photo: Miami Dade County Corrections via Getty Images)
 

In his few years in the spotlight, the 20-year-old Florida native saw national success as a rapper as well as several high-profile run-ins with the law, including allegations he was abusive.

His debut album, 2017’s 17, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and his follow-up in March, ?, debuted at No. 1. His single “Sad!,” also from March, cracked the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

At the time of the reported shooting this week, however, XXXTentacion was facing trial on multiple felony charges in connection with allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman. He repeatedly denied her accusations, which were detailed at length in a deposition previously published by Pitchfork.

In a separate incident from 2015, according to Pitchfork, XXXTentacion pleaded no contest to armed home invasion and aggravated battery with a firearm charges. He was sentenced in that case to six years’ probation.

XXXTentacion’s attorney did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

A man who answered the phone at the dealership where the shooting was reported said they could not discuss it due to the ongoing investigation.

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