Brooklyn rapper arrested in Florida parking dispute killing
An amateur rapper from Brooklyn was reportedly busted in a fatal parking spat while visiting Florida for a Memorial Day weekend concert.
That parking dispute quickly escalated to gunfire with Jeffrey Alexander, 19, gunning down one man, and police killing another following a chase Sunday night in Miami Beach, according to authorities.
Police said Alexander and three pals were trying to parallel park a white BMW that was too big for the spot, according to the Miami Herald. The driver repeatedly bumped into a Buick, prompting a verbal clash with the damaged car’s owner.
Alexander was a passenger in the BMW with New York plates, the Herald reported.
Police said the BMW’s driver passed a handgun to Alexander and the rapper opened fire on 30-year-old Ladarian Phillips. He fired at least two shots, striking the Floridian from behind.
Phillips was rushed to a nearby hospital but he did not survive.
A second man was shot in the leg during the first round of gunfire.
Then, the BMW driver took off, prompting a brief police chase. The car crashed and Miami Beach cops opened fire, killing an unidentified passenger.
Jeffery Alexander, 19, is accused of killing a 30-year-old man following a parking dispute Sunday night in Florida. (Miami-Dade Corrections Departmen)
A video recorded moments after the police shooting shows cops screaming at one of the vehicle’s passengers to “get on the ground,” before dragging him away. Another man is pulled from the car and laid on his back.
Alexander was later booked into a Miami-Dade County jail and charged with murder and attempted murder.
The Miami Herald reports that Alexander also goes by the hip hop moniker 22GZ, whose video “Suburban” has garnered more than a million views since December 2016.
The young rapper professed his innocence in a jailhouse phone call blasted to what appeared to be his “Tutu Blixky” Facebook page Monday night.
“Don’t let that news fool you, I’m innocent,” Alexander said.
The rapper was in Florida for a Saturday night performance at the Miami LIVE club, according to an Instagram flyer advertising his appearance.
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