Rapper XXXTentacion Dies After Being Shot in Florida Outside Motorcycle Dealer
Rapper XXXTentacion was fatally shot on Monday at a motorcycle dealership north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, PEOPLE confirms.
The shooting was first reported at 3:57 p.m. at a Deerfield Beach motorsports shop, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office
Further information about the altercation was not immediately released.
However, TMZ reports that XXXTentacion (born Jahseh Onfroy) was shot outside as he left the dealer. Police dispatch audio obtained by the outlet 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 of a man who looks like XXXTentacion sitting motionless in the front seat of a vehicle as someone checked his pulse.
In his few years in the spotlight, XXXTentacion, a 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 shooting this week, however, XXXTentacion was reportedly facing trial on multiple felony charges in connection with allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman.
He repeatedly denied the woman’s accusations, which were detailed at length in a 2017 deposition previously reported on by Pitchfork.
The woman said then that, while living with XXXTentacion in Orlando, Florida, he allegedly threatened her life “like every day.” He also punched, kicked, tackled and head-butted her, among other abuse, she said.
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 occurred said they could not discuss it due to the ongoing investigation.
• With reporting by HARRIET SOKMENSUER
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