Victim discusses shooting involving Waka Flocka Flame

Victim discusses shooting involving Waka Flocka Flame

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by GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36

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GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36

Posted on February 17, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 17 at 7:09 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 20-year-old man who was caught in the crossfire of a shooting involving rapper Waka Flocka Flame spoke to NewsChannel 36 Thursday.

The man was shot in the shoulder during an exchange of gunfire outside Car Stereo Warehouse on Independence Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame's tour bus was parked outside the business, getting a stereo installed when the shooting happened. The bus was still at the business Thursday, with at least five bullet holes in the side.

So far, no arrests have been made in the case.

Waka Flocka Flame was not available for comment Thursday. His publicist said he was flying to Los Angeles to perform a concert.

The 20-year-old who was injured is an aspiring rapper who had gone to the business to meet Flame.

His attorney, Adam Seifer, allowed NewsChannel 36 to ask the victim two questions about how he was feeling.

"We don't wake up in the morning like we're going to get shot today. So it's surprising," the man said.

Police say the man was injured during a shootout between Waka Flocka Flame's associates and some unidentified gunmen.

Flame's mother says the unidentified gunmen fired shots first. 

"It is safe to say that we took no part in this," said Deborah Antney. "We had nothing to do with this. This is somebody else that came up with random shooting, doing whatever it is that they do."

The 20-year-old victim was dropped off at Presbyterian Hospital by friends after he was shot.

"There shouldn't be any criminal liability on my client's part," said Seifer. "He was an innocent bystander who only went up there to talk to Mr. Waka about getting a record deal. He had no part in the shooting."

Seifer says that a green car pulled up and his client saw the occupants open fire and he was hit while trying to get out of the way.

"It burned," the victim said of the gunshot wound. "I mean, on a scale of 1 to 10 I'm at an 8 right now. It's painful."

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating the shooting and the department's gang unit is also looking into the possibility of gang involvement.

Antney says her son is not involved in any type of gang. The 20-year-old shooting victim also denied being associated with a gang.

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