A Chicago rapper was shot in the head when gunfire broke out during a funeral for his friend and fellow rapper killed earlier in October.
Marvel ‘FBG Wooski’ Williams, 21, and five others were injured in the Monday afternoon shootout on Chicago’s South Side.
Witnesses described hearing around 40 shots as two groups exchanged gunfire on a busy street next to the Bethlehem Star Missionary Baptist Church where a funeral for rapper Vantrease ‘Dooski Tha Man’ Criss was being held.
One woman on the scene immediately after the shooting described seeing several people on the ground bleeding.
‘Mothers crying for their sons. It was just terrible,’ Cynthia Rainey told NBC5 said. ‘It’s just heartbreaking.’
Chicago rapper Marvel ‘FBG Wooski’ Williams, 21, was shot in the head during a funeral for a fellow artist on the city’s South Side on Monday. Williams is pictured in an Instagram photo
A shaky YouTube video shows the scene directly after the shootout during a funeral for rapper Vantrease ‘Dooski Tha Man’ Criss on Monday afternoon in the neighborhood of Burnside
Emergency personnel can be seen treating an unidentified shooting victim on the sidewalk. Police revealed a total of six people were shot, with the most gravely injured being Williams
Chicago police are monitoring the neighborhood where the shooting took place to prevent any potential retaliatory attacks by rival gangs. The scene of the shooting is pictured Monday
Police are taking steps on Tuesday to stave off retaliatory street gang attacks by monitoring threats on social media sites as Williams is known for threatening his rivals.
Officers also plan to hold community meetings Tuesday night in a big to ease tension, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the AP.
‘We want to make sure there are no future acts of retaliation from either side,’ he said.
He added that the investigation, including into possible motives for the attack, were ongoing and that there have been no arrests.
The shooting happened in the city’s Burnside neighborhood, where historic rivals the Gangster Disciples and the Black Disciples have a strong presence, according to gang maps published this year by the Chicago Crime Commission.
Chicago Police are working to prevent any retaliatory attacks by rival gangs on Tuesday through social media monitoring and community meetings in the Burnside neighborhood
A shell casing is marked on the road as police investigate the scene of Monday’s shooting
Residents stand at a distance as authorities close off the scene of the shootout, which took place across two blocks in the South Side neighborhood of Burnside on Monday afternoon
Police did not release Williams’ name, but the singer’s official Instagram account confirmed he was the one shot in the head. Other media also said it was him.
Williams was in critical condition and undergoing surgery at a local hospital on Monday afternoon, though his condition was later upgraded to stable but serious.
A post on his Instagram page said Williams ‘is alive’ and ‘will pull thru.’
The other five injured Monday were in stable condition with gunshot wounds to their extremities, police said.
Police said investigators are looking at any links between the funeral and the shooting.
Williams sings an aggressive style of homegrown Chicago rap called drill rap, in which rappers disparage other rappers and gangs.
These days, police often cite songs and other messages posted on social media as a major factor in gang-related beefs that turn deadly.
Some of Williams’ posts on YouTube and Instagram show him in what he describes as opposition gang turf, daring enemy gangs to stop him.
His music video for the song, ‘Computers Remix,’ similarly challenges perceived foes as he wields a gun and flashes gang signs. The video has drawn several million views.
A post on Williams’ Instagram page said he ‘is alive’ and ‘will pull thru’. The rapper was in critical condition and undergoing surgery at a local hospital on Monday afternoon
Williams sings an aggressive style of homegrown Chicago rap called drill rap, in which rappers disparage other rappers and gangs. His social media posts frequently feature firearms