Vehicle connected to shootout involving NBA Youngboy sought by police

Updated: May. 14, 2019 at 12:08 AM CDT
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SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. (WAFB) - Investigators still aren’t sure what caused a fatal shootout in Florida involving rapper Kentrell Gaulden, but Monday they may be closer to getting answers.

Police questioned four men caught in the same vehicle they believe was involved in the shootout. The men attempted to enter the parking lot of the Rolling Loud Music Festival where Gaulden, who uses the moniker NBA Youngboy, was performing just hours after the shootout occurred. They were among 11 people total who were detained for questioning and later released.

Around 1:41 p.m. Sunday, May 12, Gaulden and his associates were exiting the Trump International Beach Resort when a black Cadillac Escalade drove up and opened fire. Gaulden was not shot, however his girlfriend Kaylyn Long, 19, was injured and hospitalized.

A source close to the rapper told WAFB Gaulden had been “shot at.” After realizing Long was injured, Gaulden loaded her into a vehicle and attempted to bring her to the hospital. However, the vehicle’s tire was flat.

As Gaulden waited for a second vehicle to arrive to transport Long, police intervened.

A five-year-old boy had also been grazed by a bullet during the shootout. He was treated and released at the scene.

Mohamad Jradi, 43, was killed in the crossfire when a bullet traveled into his car across the street and entered his head.

Witnesses told CNN the shooting began when two groups of rival rappers started arguing outside of the resort. It’s currently unclear what other parties were involved.

Aventura police said in a statement that they were investigating a second shooting nearby that may be related to the incident at Trump International Beach Resort. One person suffered non-life threatening injuries at that scene, WPLG reported.

Gaulden was in Florida to perform at the Rolling Loud Music Festival Sunday night. Several other crimes were connected to performers at the festival, including rapper Kodak Black being arrested on a weapons charge, and Chicago rapper AAB Hellabandz’s murder outside the Cameo nightclub on Miami Beach.

Gaulden is scheduled to appear in a Baton Rouge courtroom for a probation review hearing on May 17.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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