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An up-and-coming Chicago rapper was shot and killed this week while out shopping in one of the city’s busiest areas.
Rapper FBG Duck and two others were injured in a shooting in the Gold Coast area on Tuesday afternoon, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The 26-year-old rapper, whose real name was Carlton Weekly, was shopping with two other people when a pair of vehicles pulled up to them on the street at around 4:30 p.m.; four gunmen got out of the cars — two from each vehicle — and opened fire on the group, who were on the sidewalk, Deputy Chief Daniel O’Shea of the Chicago Police Department said during a press conference Tuesday.
Weekly was shot in the chest, groin, and neck, ABC 7 Chicago reports. He was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. Two other victims, one male and one female, were also struck by the gunfire and were transported to the hospital, where both are in “serious condition,” O’Shea said Tuesday.
Witnesses who were present during the attack described a chaotic scene, with one woman telling ABC 7 that she heard around 17 shots being fired. Another described bystanders trying desperately to get to safety.
"I was standing here and saw people running in every direction trying to look for cover," business owner Howard Gordon told ABC 7. "I was standing where we are standing now, and heard what I thought was a machine gun, and then a black car speeding down Oak Street going west."
Police have confirmed that the shooters fled the scene in a black Taurus and a silver Chrysler 300, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Authorities said that the victims were “specifically targeted.” No arrests have been made at present, and police have encouraged anyone with any information on the shootings to come forward with what they know.
“We’ll take every tip we can get,” O’Shea said. “It could be the most minute thing but it helps our detectives out in putting the pieces of this puzzle together.”
FBG Duck was born and raised in Chicago, where he continued to live up until his death. His 2017 breakout single “Slide” landed him a feature in XXL magazine the following year. He began his music career at the age of 17, when he formed the rap group Fly Boy Gang; he continued to release music, including numerous mixtapes, as an adult, and was signed to RECORDS, a subset of Sony Music Entertainment.
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