A Mercedes van allegedly carrying members of the rising Atlanta-based hip-hip trio Migos was riddled with bullets in an early morning shootout on I-95 Friday.
The van, reportedly carrying at least one member of the group and seven others was heading south on the Interstate some time after 3:30 a.m. when a black vehicle pulled up alongside and someone from inside began firing.
Someone in the Mercedes returned gunfire, said Florida Highway Patrol Spokesman Joe Sanchez, but there were conflicting reports on just who, or if anyone was shot.
The driver of the Mercedes high-tailed it to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where law enforcement seized the vehicle. Sanchez said one person inside the Mercedes was shot but did not sustain life-threatening injuries.
The entertainment website TMZ reported the band’s manager - which it didn’t name - said no one was shot and there were no injuries, and the driver just took off for the nearest hospital because he thought someone had been shot.
Sanchez said the band was scheduled to play at a Pembroke Pines nightclub called Cafe Iguana Thursday evening, but backed out after getting into a tif with management. At some point, at least one band member and eight people in total, got into the Mercedes and headed to the South Beach hotel where the band is staying.
But a worker at the nightclub reached Friday said that wasn’t the case. The woman, who declined to reveal her name, said the rappers were never scheduled to play at Cafe Iguana and were just visiting the nightclub.
The shooting happened on I-95 near Northwest 62nd Street, before the Mercedes had exited the highway east toward the band’s hotel.
“A guy in the van had a gun, he shoots back at them,” said Sanchez. “There was an exchange of gunfire.”
Sanchez said 12 shots were fired. The trio’s manager told TMZ the Mercedes was riddled with dozens of bullet holes.
Police are still looking for whoever fired the weapon in the black vehicle. No one else was injured, said Sanchez. FHP seized the Mercedes and the gun used from inside it. Police did not release any further details.
News of the shootout sent websites dedicated to entertainment and rap ablaze Friday and elicited a response allegedly from Migos on its twitter account, Migos@MigosATL, which has 163,000 followers.
“Mafia Style Shooting,” shouted the Hollywood Life website. “Scarface Style Shootout,” proclaimed TMZ.
Migos allegedly posted this lyrical verse on its twitter site: “A lot of f*** N***** tried to take my life. But I keep that thang on me so you betta think twice.”
Migos, a hip-hop trio from Gwinnett County, Ga, is gaining popularity. The band and its members Quavious Marshall, Kirshnik Ball, and Kiari Cephus have collaborated recently with uber stars Drake and R. Kelly.
Last year, its song Versace reached the Billboard 100, and Justin Bieber, in a tribute, rapped some of the trio’s lyrics during one of his shows.