Harlem rapper, Bigga Threat, was shot on Wednesday (July 6) by a man who opened fire on him and another man in East Harlem.
According to the New York Daily News, the 29-year-old rapper (real name: Maurice Edwards) was sitting outside of a housing development, known as Jackie Robinson Houses, at around 12:15, when an unknown assailant pulled a pedal-by, which left him injured with a gunshot wound to his right thigh.
Another man, 28-year-old Laquan Parks, also an aspiring rapper, was shot in the head and died.
Bigga Threat was rushed to Harlem Hospital Center, where he was treated for his wound, while Parks was pronounced dead on the scene.
“I know he’ll be okay, but I don’t know if he’ll be okay mentally after this,” Bigga Threat’s brother, Mike Edwards, told the paper.
“My son was a great kid,” said Parks’ father. “He was just trying to pursue a rap career.”
Police are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting. However, they suspect that an increase in gang violence in the area could have contributing to the incident.
Bigga Threat is an associate of Harlem producer Dame Grease. He is also aligned with rappers Max B and French Montana, and released several diss records at Dipset members, Jim Jones and Hell Rell last year.