Multiple wounded in Florida shooting near rap video set

Jan 5, 2023, 7:52 AM | Updated: Jan 6, 2023, 10:40 am
Miami Gardens police officers respond to The Licking Restaurant after multiple people were reported...

Miami Gardens police officers respond to The Licking Restaurant after multiple people were reportedly shot Thursday night Jan. 5, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Fla. Investigators were looking into reports that a video was being shot at the restaurant, Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt said. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)

(Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Multiple people were wounded in a shooting after an altercation outside a restaurant in south Florida, which witnesses said happened during the making of a rap video.

Several witnesses told reporters that the video involved 38-year-old rapper French Montana, and that he was not wounded. His publicist did not respond to emails seeking comment and police did not confirm he was present.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were hit by gunfire about 8 p.m. Thursday, but the Miami Herald cited a law enforcement source saying as many as 10 people were wounded in the shooting outside The Licking, a soul food restaurant in a Miami Gardens strip mall.

Investigators were looking into reports that a music video was being shot at the restaurant, Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt said.

“We believe it’s an isolated incident,” Noel-Pratt said.

Miami Gardens police spokesperson Diana Gourgue told reporters that she could not confirm reports that as many as 10 people had been wounded, saying “right now it is just multiple victims that were injured.”

She said the condition of those hurt was unknown, but there were not any fatalities.

A large crowd had gathered outside the restaurant at the time of the shooting, she said.

The police department did not return repeated calls Friday seeking an update. A worker at the restaurant Friday said no one was available to discuss the shooting. A sign on the door reads “No firearms or weapons allowed on this property.”

Miami rapper CED Mogul told reporters that the shooting happened after someone had their Rolex watch and car keys stolen. He said the video was supposed to be shot at a nearby KFC restaurant, but was moved after an altercation. Police Chief Noel-Pratt told reporters that the video’s producers had not gotten the necessary permits.

French Montana was shot in the head and seriously wounded in 2003 when two gunmen opened fire outside a New York City recording studio. One of the gunmen accidentally shot the other, killing him.

French Montana, who was born in Morocco and whose real name is Karim Kharbouch, is best known for his 2017 album “Jungle Rules” and its lead single “Unforgettable,” which made the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

The strip mall in Miami Gardens is on a major six-lane highway and is 2 miles south of Hard Rock Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins, six Super Bowls, the Miami Grand Prix Formula 1 race and the Miami Open tennis tournament. The city of 115,000 residents has the worst homicide rate in the state, according to FBI statistics, with one violent death for every 4,400 residents in 2019, the last year available.

A shop owner in the strip mall said Friday that he was working late Thursday in a back room when he and his business partner heard loud sounds. He thought it was a car backfiring, but his partner thought it might be gunfire. About five minutes later, police and paramedics started arriving and they looked outside and saw the chaos.

“Most of the shootings around here are personal, not random,” the shop owner said. He asked that his name not be used, fearing retribution. “Most are about greed or money.”


Farrington reported from Tallahassee, Florida.

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Multiple wounded in Florida shooting near rap video set