Shooting near rapper French Montana's tour bus leaves 1 dead (PHOTOS)

March 1, 2013 4:14:23 PM PST
One person is dead and another is injured after a gunman opened fire on a crowd near a rapper's tour bus, parked at a Penn's Landing hotel.


Action News was there as rapper French Montana left Philadelphia police headquarters to a waiting van after he spent hours talking to homicide detectives.

"I feel bad about what happened but nobody was shooting at me," he said.

The rapper, whose real name is Karim Kharbouch, denied the deadly shootout near his tour bus had anything to with him.

"I don't know, it was just fans. It was fans. Something happened outside my bus, but it didn't have nothing to do with me," he said.

The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Thursday outside the Holiday Inn Express on the 100 block of North Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

Police say several hundred fans had followed French Montana and his entourage to the hotel for an after party following his performance at the Theatre of the Living Arts on South Street.

"A large crowd of fans, as well as some of the entourage, were loitering and just hanging out on Christopher Columbus Boulevard when according to some of the witnesses a car drove by and opened fire," said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

A black four door sedan with tinted windows driving north on Columbus Boulevard approached the large crowd. Witnesses say the passenger window went down and shots were fired.

Two individuals in the crowd pulled guns and fired back at the vehicle as it fled the scene.

26-year-old Jowann King of New York was shot in the chest and later pronounced dead at Hahnemann University Hospital.

A second victim, a 28-year-old man, was driven by private vehicle to Jefferson University Hospital after being shot in the shoulder. He was treated and released.

Police found an abandoned silver colored car with gunshot holes near the hospital. They don't know if the wounded man drove himself there or if someone else drove him and then took off.

Police interviewed about 20 witnesses but released them Friday morning.

As for the two men who fired back at the car, police say they both had permits to carry and will not be charged.

Police say French Montana along with Philadelphia rapper Meek Mills were still on the tour bus when the shooting occurred.

At this point police say they need the public's help. They don't know who the intended target was, but they say this was a drive by shooting.

It was just last month when three people were killed and five injured in a shootout and crash on the Las Vegas strip. Investigators in that case believe the shootout may have originated with an altercation in the valet area of the Aria resort-casino the same night French Montana was playing at Aria's nightclub, Haze.

After being released from questioning French Montana and his entourage were free to go. Montana is scheduled to play Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Friday night as part of the tour promoting his upcoming album.