The hyphy legend was shot early Monday morning.
Bay Area rapper and hyphy whisperer Keak Da Sneak has been shot. According to XXL, the rapper is in critical condition after being shot in Richmond, California. The Richmond Police Department say that Keak — real name Charles Williams — was the target of a shooting at a gas station around 5:30 a.m. on August 21.
“It appears to be a very targeted incident,” Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said, according to the Bay Area’s NBC affiliate. We want to ensure the neighborhood in that area that everything is safe. It appears to be very targeted and we’re trying to figure out why and who did this.”
Keak was shot multiple times in his upper body and found bleeding on the ground outside the gas station by police. His vehicle had rolled across the street into a nearby bus stop. “He is listed in critical condition right now. He’s still alive and we’re hoping that the trauma surgeons can pull him through,” said Tan. “He’s hanging in there so far.
Keak’s Current Condition
In addition to the news of the shooting, Keak’s fellow Bay Area rapper Mistah FAB provided an update on Keak’s status, saying that he’s made it through surgery. “First and foremost, I want to say the big homie made it through surgery. He did get shot. He’s not dead and prayers and strength may go with him,” he said in an Instagram video.
“We need to stop waiting ’til we hear news of something to show our appreciation for someone. My phone been ringing all morning. Like ‘Bruh, I know you was with Keak last night. What happened? Keak got shot? Keak dead?’” said FAB.
“But when a man be going through his ups and downs and his trials and tribulations, that’s when he need his friends. That’s when he needs support. Not just when something drastic happens to them. I’m not using this for a promotional mechanism, I’m using this to make us realize we gotta start loving each other while we here, man. Giving each other roses while we here, man.Telling somebody we appreciate them while we here, man. Don’t wait ‘til I’m hurt to try and heal me.”
Along with FAB and E-40, Keak was a lynchpin of the area’s hyphy movement. He appeared on the biggest national hit to come out of the long-simmering regional scene, E-40’s 2006 track “Tell Me When To Go.” Before that, he was a member of locally loved ‘90s hip-hop acts 3X Crazy.
NBC reporter Jodi Hernandez captured a video of the scene later in the day. Watch that up top.
The incident was the second time he was shot this year. The rapper was shot in Oakland in January and performed days later on crutches. “You’ll never understand how valuable life is until it flash before ya eyes,” Keak wrote in an Instagram caption underneath a video of him gingerly making his way on to a stage with the help of a crutch. “God’s plan can never be determined by man an fa that I’m still livin an Can’t nothin on this earth stop me!”
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