DaBaby writes ‘heal up’ on Instagram after filming outside his home

TROUTMAN, North Carolina — A person was shot and injured outside the home of rapper DaBaby in North Carolina, authorities said Thursday.

DaBaby and at least one other person were at the home when the shooting happened Wednesday night, Troutman Police Chief Josh Watson told The Associated Press.

But he would not say who was shot or who fired, citing an ongoing investigation. He said the unidentified injured person’s injuries were not life threatening.

Officers responded to a report of the shooting around 7:45 p.m. When authorities arrived, they found one person ‘with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound’, according to the police Facebook page by Troutman. Police said the shooting was an isolated incident.

A spokesperson for the rapper did not immediately respond to an email request for comment on Thursday.

On Friday, DaBaby appeared to respond to the incident with a clip from “Paid in Full” on Instagram in which one of the film’s characters recovers from a gunshot wound. DaBaby wrote in the caption that he “chose not to ‘take someone’s life’ the other day” and “it was great.”

He added, “Buddy don’t deserve to go, I walk with justice. Get well and live my boy! Don’t come back (expletive).”

Troutman is 56 km north of Charlotte.

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The shooting is the latest in a series of incidents involving DaBaby, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk. In 2019, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of concealed possession of a weapon after a fatal shooting at a Walmart in Huntersville, North Carolina, just south of Troutman. He has not been charged in the shooting.

In 2020, the rapper was arrested in Miami on battery charges after DaBaby allegedly got into a verbal altercation with a party promoter and attacked him after he said he was missing $10,000.

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Last year, the Grammy-nominated rapper was arrested after taking a loaded gun to an upscale store on Rodeo Drive.

In July, the rapper was removed from several concert festival lineups after making homophobic comments about HIV and AIDS during the Rolling Loud festival in Miami. He apologized for the comments and later deleted the apology.

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Despite the ongoing police investigation, DaBaby said in videos on his Instagram Stories that he was performing at a Dallas nightclub on Friday night and again in Houston on Saturday.

Contributor: Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, Associated Press

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