After suffering a gunshot wound to the shoulder early yesterday [June 20] in a deadly parking lot shoot out, Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth is speaking out about the incident fresh from the hospital. In an interview with XXLmag.com, Trae says he was surrounded by a crowd of people outside Scores Cabaret when the assailants ran toward him.
“I’m not sure exactly what the altercation was necessarily about, but long story short, whatever transpired, they ran in my direction, so in the process of running in my direction, that kind of had everybody in the open,” Trae said. “So as the altercation came my way, shots were being dispersed, but since it was coming our direction, it was a crowd of people. Everybody was wrong place, wrong time.”
The Grand Hustle artist, who has collaborated with everyone from Rick Ross to Wiz Khalifa, said he was still in the healing process and has yet to have the bullet removed.
“The bullet’s still in my shoulder. They changing bandages now and it’s still bleeding,” he said.
Three people, two men and one woman, were killed in the 3 a.m. shooting and another man was injured. Trae said he knew two of the fallen.
“My brother, who got killed on Thanksgiving, Clip, his nephew was killed. And one of my peoples, an upcoming rapper from Houston, Cal Wayne, one of his people got killed, too," he said. "She was amongst the innocent bystanders. And then I was shot and somebody else was shot. It was just crazy, man.”
Since the shooting, Trae said he's been dismayed by the media's association of his career as a rapper with the violence. His spirits were lifted, though, by an outpouring of support from within the hip hop community.
“At the same time, I have received a lot of support throughout the industry. Immediately," he said. "Yo Gotti called me when I was in the hospital. Trey Songz hit me. Rick Ross hit me. 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Lupe [Fiasco]. Really, 98 percent of the industry called me already and been real supportive, let me know, if I need anything [they were there]. Of course Tip [T.I.] been real supportive, that’s my brother. A lot of people been checking on me and seeing what’s needed.”
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