DaBaby Walmart shooting: unreleased footage of fatal incident surfaces online
25 April 2022, 12:03
The video, which was shared by Rolling Stone, shows the rapper fighting before shooting 19-year-old Jaylin Craig in Walmart
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In the video, which has no sound, DaBaby appears to be accosted by two people - Jaylin Craig and Henry Douglas. After he hits Douglas, a violent struggle ensues between the two, which then sees Craig with a firearm.
The altercation shows them both struggling against each other, and then Craig reaching for a weapon a second time before attempting to separate the rapper and Craig.
Mariah Osbourne, DaBaby's then-girlfriend, confronts Craig, raising her right hand to his face just before the two scuffle.
The video then switches back to its previous angle, revealing DaBaby slithering into frame with a pistol in his right hand. He then appears to shoot at Craig who can't be seen at that time in the video.
After the incident, the rapper was never prosecuted for the death of Craig but instead charged for carrying a concealed weapon, as he did not have permit to do so.
The charges was dropped after 'a key civilian witness was unavailable' according to the Rolling Stone. The charges against him were later nought back by the state of North Carolina and the rapper was sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation, along with a suspended 30-day jail sentence.
According to the District Attorney's office, the reason DaBaby didn't receive a longer sentence or harsher charges because:
"[We] reviewed the police investigative file and agreed with the Huntersville Police Department’s decision not to charge Mr. Kirk further, as prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in self-defense".
Since 2018 the 'Bop' rapper has continuously maintained the shooting was self-defence, saying on social media:
"If them gunshots ain't go off, n***a, my f***in' daughter could've got hit, son could've got hit, me. F***in' lawyers telling me not to say something and s**t, f**k all that"
He continues: "Two n***s walk down on you and your whole muthaf***in' family, threaten y'all, whip out on y'all, n***a, let me see what y'all gon' too."
The niggas preying on me can’t fuck wit the people praying for me! 🖤💪🏾— DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) April 25, 2022
Last night after the video was release, DaBaby – whose real name is Jonathan Kirk – took to his social media to respond tweeting "The n***as preying on me can’t f**k wit the people praying for me! 🖤💪🏾".
He also shared the viral video of Tyrese crying on his Instagram captioning it:
"N***as done took 30 million from me , lie on me once a week, want my fine a** BM's to hate me , want me to lose fights I don't start , WHAT MORE DO U WANT FROM MEEE? 😂😂😂😂😂😂".