Rapper arrested in aftermath of Arkansas shooting

After his concert in Little Rock, Arkansas was the scene of a mass shooting, rapper Finese2Tymes, a.k.a. Ricky Hampton, 25, of Memphis, Tennessee was arrested… but his arrest had nothing to do with the shooting, which wounded 28 of his fans.

According to a Twitter post from Little Rock police on Sunday, Hampton was arrested “for his outstanding warrants out of Forrest City,” but there have been no arrests in the mass shooting at the Power Ultra Lounge.

Police have said that they think the shooting was probably gang-related and started with a heated argument, but no one is talking. According to Twitter users who responded to the police report, there is a culture of “no snitching” in the black community that infringes on the ability of police to solve gang-related crimes.

According to the U.S. Marshal Service, Hampton and another man were arrested while Hampton was performing at another club in Birmingham on a “fugitive from justice” warrant.

The Power Ultra Lounge is in the process of being shut down under the city’s “criminal abatement” program, and it has already lost its liquor license.

Because there were so many gunshots fired in the club, investigators are saying that multiple people had to have been involved. But thanks to the fast response of emergency services personnel, Police Chief Kenton Buckner said there were no fatalities.

According to one witness, Courtney Swanigan, 23, “I just closed my eyes, got down on the ground and put my hands on my head.”

Mayor Mark Stodola took the opportunity to blame guns, stating that the city must “keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people” after acknowledging that advertising for the concert showed a man pointing a gun at a camera.

“A promotional video with a gun on the front cover inviting people to a concert … should also be totally unacceptable in our community,” the mayor said.

Little Rock is apparently in the midst of a crime wave, with police having to respond to a dozen drive-by shootings during just the past nine days.

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