Yesterday, we all read the sketchy, non-conclusive reports that said Rick Ross was the victim of a failed drive-by shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was more than a litttle hard to believe: Ross's career has been predicated on a certain amount of myth—he's a former corrections officer who took the name of the famous drug pusher Freeway Rick Ross, and he probably never moved kilos or knew the "real Noriega"—and it was conceivable to think that he might have bullshitted some of the details of an alleged drive-by. I mean, Ross is lovable and most rap fans have taken the news of his made-up past well, but who would put a faked murder plot past him? (50 Cent even said that much yesterday, which wasn't surprising because 50 Cent is an asshole.)
It turns out, though, that Ross wasn't lying. News broke today that the Fort Lauderdale police are investigating the drive-by shooting as a real and "active and ongoing criminal investigation." The shooter even allegedly shot at the Teflon Don more than 20 times. 20 times against a 300-plus-pound guy! Either we're dealing with an awful, awful shot, or God is a "Port of Miami" fan.
From MTV this morning:
Initial reports stating that Rick Ross was the target of a drive-by shooting in Fort Lauderdale were hard to believe on Monday morning (January 28), but as the day progressed officials in Florida confirmed that the MMG rapper was in fact the intended victim.
Ross was riding with girlfriend Shateria L. Moragne-El in his Rolls Royce when an unidentified gunman opened fire around 5.a.m. causing the Miami native to lose control of his car, crashing into a building near the intersection of Southwest 15th Avenue and East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. According to some reports, Ross' car managed to avoid the gunfire although some witnesses reported hearing more than a dozen shots.
The shooting incident has now been classified by local police as "an active and ongoing criminal investigation."
Stay out out there, Rozay.