Birdman & Young Thug Linked to Lil’ Wayne’s Tour Bus Shooting
The man charged for this April’s shooting of Lil’ Wayne’s tour bus reportedly called cell phones that have been linked to rappers Birdman and Young Thug before and after the incident.
An indictment about the case has recently come out with new information, implicating Cash Money co-founder Birdman and his newest protégé Young Thug in a plot to assassinate embattled rapper Lil’ Wayne.
A grand jury has charged the shooter, Jimmy Carlton Winfrey, on 30 counts including charges of racketeering and aggravated assault. It is reported that the cause of the feud might have been Lil’ Wayne’s decision to sever his ties with Cash Money Records.
April 26th early this year, Atlanta police were called to the Mandarin Oriental at about 3:30am where two shots were fired at the tour buses. Lil’ Wayne, real name Dwayne Michael Carter, was said to be riding in one of those buses along with 11 others. Nobody was harmed. The buses were fired at while the convoy was eastbound on interstate 285 at its intersection with interstate 75. Witnesses described the shooter’s vehicles as being a white SUV and a corvette type vehicle.
Earlier that night police officers spotted Jimmy Winfrey pulled up in a white Chevrolet Camaro in front of the Atlanta club where Lil’ Wayne was performing.
Officers also noted that Winfrey had an assault rifle in his vehicle. Fearing gang violence, officers escorted Carter out of the club and escorted the convoy until they left Atlanta City limits. Shortly after, the shooting occurred.
The attack came months after Lil’ Wayne sued Cash Money Records for owing him $8 million.
The lawsuit, which was seeking $51 million in reparation, has since been dropped by the artist. Cash Money Records founder, Birdman, was Lil’ Wayne’s mentor who guided him through his career ever since he was a teenager.
Last week, one of the rappers connected to the tour bus shooting, Young Thug (real name Jeffery Lamar Williams), was arrested in Metro Atlanta for making terrorist threats.
Williams was arrested on Wednesday on a warrant by Dunwoody Police without incident. Police says he threatened to shoot a mall security guard in the face after being asked to leave the building.
These shooting incidents have caused quite a stir as the multi-billion hip-hop industry is currently experiencing a resurgence of street violence. Unsolved cases such as the one of Chinx Drugz who was gunned down in Brookline on May 17th, the shooting outside Rick Ross’ Atlanta Headquarters, the murder of a Chief Keef associate in Chicago has the feds watching the industry closely, sources say.