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Rapper DaBaby Will Not Face Charges After Intruder Shot At His Home

Rapper DaBaby, whose given name is Jonathan Kirk, will not face charges in a non-fatal shooting that occurred at his North Carolina home in April. The rapper told 911 dispatchers the unnamed man who was shot had trespassed on his property.

By Gina Tron
Rapper DaBaby performs onstage.

North Carolina-based rapper DaBaby will not face charges after reportedly shooting an intruder on his rural North Carolina estate in self-defense last month.

The Troutman Police Department announced on Thursday that the investigation into the April 13 “shooting incident” has been “completed and closed.” 

“Investigators have consulted with the Iredell County District Attorney’s Office and there will be no criminal charges filed at this time,” they stated.

The police department previously reported that officers had responded to rapper DaBaby’s property where they found one person with "a non-life threatening gunshot wound." 

In a redacted 911 call obtained by Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC, a caller told the 911 dispatcher, "I shot him in his leg” after stating that the man had been trespassing.

"I don't know what he's here for, what he's here to take, what he's here to do, but he's shot in his leg, he's neutralized until you guys get here,” he said.

The caller was identified by law enforcement sources to TMZ as DaBaby, 30, whose given name is Jonathan Kirk.

Police are no stranger to the property. They responded to 31 incidents at the property between December 2019 (when DaBaby moved in) and October 2020, including 14 burglar alarms, according to the Charlotte Ledger. Two of the incidents were two domestic violence complaints by DaBaby about the 26-year-old mother of his child. She was arrested after yet another incident of alleged domestic violence in November 2021, WCNC reported.

This also isn’t the first shooting in which DaBaby has been involved where he claimed self-defense. He fatally shoot Jalyn Craig, 19, as the teen approached him at a Walmart in 2018, the Charlotte Observer reported. DaBaby was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon after a bench trial in 2019, the paper reported. Rolling Stone recently published video of the encounter which they say undercuts his claims of self defense.

The rapper has also been in hot water after making a series of homophobic and misogynist comments on stage during the Rolling Loud festival in Miami last year, Billboard reported.

He was charged in late April with felony battery in Los Angeles over a Dec. 2020 incident at a property he was renting in which the property manager was allegedly assaulted, according to TMZ. DaBaby claimed that he and the other man charged in the attack were responding to provocations by the alleged victim, which they caught on camera, the Daily Mail reported. The alleged victim sued DaBaby in Feb. 2021; hearings in both cases are expected in June.

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