Suspected Gunman in Lil Wayne Tour Bus Shooting Offers NFL Defense

Suspected Gunman in Lil Wayne Tour Bus Shooting Offers NFL Defense

Alleged shooter says the almost fatal attack wasn't motivated by the rap beef.

Published September 29, 2015

And the plot thickens.

Lil Wayne may have dodged the near fatal attack on his tour bus, but suspected shooter Jimmy Winfrey wasn’t as lucky. Hit hard with 27 felony counts on Monday, including domestic terrorism, gang and assault charges, racketeering and more, the alleged gunman will have a lot of time to reflect.

Currently being held until his trial, which is projected for early next year, the former road manager for rival artist Young Thug insists the shooting was completely unrelated. In fact, Winfrey’s lawyer, Lawrence Zimmerman, says Winfrey is as likely to kill Wayne as Drew Brees is to kill rival QB Matt Ryan. “Clearly, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons are rivals because they are fighting every year to win the same division: the NFC South. Yet, this does not provide a motive for Drew Brees to kill or maim Matt Ryan.” According to Zimmerman, Young Thug actually idolizes Wayne.

Pleading that his client be allowed bail, Zimmerman protests that Winfrey doesn’t have a history of violent crimes, arguing, “…There’s nothing in his background other than this new charge to show he’s a danger or he’s not going to return here.”  

Unfortunately, the prosecution disagreed. “Here’s someone that at 3 o’clock in the morning opens fire on two tour buses on I-285 in Cobb County. That’s the definition of danger,” retaliated Don Geary, Chief Assistant District Attorney.

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(Photos from left: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia, Cobb County Sheriff’s Office,  Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for EDITION) 

Written by George Chapman Jr.

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