Well wishes and hopes of a speedy recovery are in order for hip-hop’s Hyphy Movement pioneer Keak Da Sneak after East Bay Times reports that he’s in critical condition after being shot multiple times in Richmond, California, early Monday morning (August 21).
According to the site, police responded to a local gas station where the Oakland emcee, whose real name is Charles Kente Williams, was found suffering from gun wounds around 5:30 a.m. Officers reportedly received a call about shots fired, which led them to the scene. After paramedics arrived to take Keak to a hospital trauma center, he is now listed in stable condition.
Richmond’s police Lt. Felix Tan revealed that while an investigation on the shooting is underway, officials hope to speak with Keak when he reaches the recovery stage. There are no current suspects nor details of the events that led to the shootout thus far. However, Tan did share that he believes Keak was targeted in the incident, as further reported by Fox KTVU.
This unfortunately marks the second reported shooting that the “Super Hyphy” rap artist has suffered this year. In January 2017, the 39-year-old was allegedly shot right before hitting the stage at The Venue Nightclub in California. He still ended up performing that evening, taking to the stage with a cane and to Instagram with a cryptic message that suggested confirmation of the shooting as well.
“You’ll never understand how valuable life is until it flash before ya eyes,” he wrote in the post. “God’s plan can never be determined by man an fa that I’m still livin an can’t nothing on this earth stop me!”
Keak’s fellow emcee and Oakland-native Mistah F.A.B. has fortunately confirmed that he successfully made it through his surgery after the recent shooting and his injuries are non-fatal.
“We need to stop waiting until we hear news of something to show our appreciation for someone,” F.A.B. reminded fans and friends. He added that his phone was blowing up after news spread of Keak’s shooting, to which F.A.B. said should encourage people to be more involved with loved ones before they die. “We gotta start loving each other while we here, man. Giving each other roses while we here, man.”
See F.A.B.’s update on Keak below, and keep prayers up for his full and speedy recovery.
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