Nearly three months following his release from prison, rapper Kodak Black was targeted in a shooting that left one of his security guards seriously injured from a gunshot wound. The Florida artist was headlining the Cultur3Fest music festival in Tallahassee before the incident occurred.
As reported by TMZ, Monday, April 5, around 3am, Kodak Black whose real name is Dieuson Octave and his entourage were ambushed at a McDonald’s restaurant in Tallahassee, when several cars were tailing Kodak and his camp after leaving the nightclub. As Kodak’s camp pulled into the fast-food restaurant, they blocked the entrance with a car so Black could go inside to pick up an order. Shortly afterwards, someone from one of the other vehicles started shooting. Although the 23-year-old rapper did not get hurt his security guard was shot in the leg. The security guard was rushed to the hospital while Black was taken away in an armored vehicle. According to TMZ, the security guard has undergone surgery on an artery.
Based on threatening comments allegedly made by music producer Southside during an Instagram live the day before the shooting, law enforcement believes the shooting was not just an armed robbery but also a hit. Southside’s threats came after Kodak allegedly said some things about the producer’s girlfriend, Yung Miami from the female group City Girls.
Kodak Black was released from prison in January 2021 the day before former president Donald Trump term as commander in chief ended. Since his release from prison, he has launched a new clothing line called L.O.V.E. (Loyalty Over Values Everything). With a sneaker line in the making Black plans on donating some of the profits from his clothing line to local, national and international charities dedicated to empowering minorities and judicial reform.