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Rapper Fabolous in stable condition, facing charges

POSTED: 9:37 p.m. EDT, October 17, 2006


NEW YORK (CNN) -- The hit-making rapper known as Fabolous, whose legal name is John Jackson, is facing weapons charges after being shot as he left hip-hop impresario Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' restaurant Tuesday.


Jackson, 28, was wounded in the thigh at 12:30 a.m. as he stood in a parking garage outside Justin's, Combs' bistro.


The rapper's entourage, Kevin Bass, 18; Percell German, 23; and Rascharm Davis, 29 -- all of Brooklyn, New York -- apparently helped the injured Jackson into a 2005 Dodge Magnum. Police said the car ran a red light, and officers who stopped the car discovered two loaded guns inside. Both weapons were unlicensed, Sgt. Mike Wysokowski told The Associated Press.


All four men were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a defaced firearm, police said. The rapper is in police custody and in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital.


Police are seeking Jackson's assailant.


A Brooklyn native, Jackson is known for his hits "Breathe" and "Can't Deny it." He has worked with respected hip-hop producers such as Scott Scorch, the Neptunes and Just Blaze. Pop audiences will recognize him from his rap interlude on Jennifer Lopez's 2005 dance single "Get Right."


Calls made to Jackson's record label, Def Jam Records, were not returned.


Jackson is the latest of many rappers who have been shot or involved in gunfights.


Deshaun Holton, the rapper known as Proof and a member of the hip-hop group D12 associated with Eminem, was shot to death in April in Detroit.


In May, the New York Post reported that a gunfight broke out at a Queens barbeque at which G-Unit rapper Lloyd Banks -- affiliated with rapper 50 Cent -- was eating. An 18-year-old bystander was hit in the neck, his family told the newspaper.


The same month, a rapper named Jamal "Gravy" Woolard was shot outside New York City's hip-hip radio station Hot 97. In February 2005, 50 Center and rapper The Game got into an argument that erupted in gunfire outside the station.


In 2001, a member of another rapper's entourage was shot in the back outside Hot 97. The incident led to rapper L'il Kim serving jail time -- which came to an end with her release earlier this year -- for lying to authorities about the shooting.


Copyright 2006 CNN. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Associated Press contributed to this report.


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so they ran a red light because their friend was shot, makes sense to me


I wonder why they stopped



They got stopped for running the red light. Obviously the cops didn't know

someone was shot and then they found the guns they were carrying.

yes I realize that


I dont know if I stop if Im bringing my shot friend to the hospital

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From waht I've gathered from uncited web postings is that Sebastien Telfair of the Celtics had his $50,000 chain necklace stolen from Justin's the same night. He was seen tlaking on the phone, saying something about how he didn't want to call the police and "come over here and take care of it". Connected with this shooting? Perhaps...

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From espn.com


Police investigating Telfair in connection with shooting

ESPN.com news services


New York City police sources tell ESPN's Jeremy Schaap that Boston Celtics guard Sebastian Telfair is being investigated for a possible role in the shooting of rapper Fabolous.


Skylar John Jackson, 28, also known as Fabolous, was shot and wounded in the left thigh Monday night outside of Justin's, a New York club owned by hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs. Telfair was outside of the same club Monday night, and the shooting occurred shortly after a $50,000 chain was ripped from Telfair's neck.


Telfair was observed making a phone call after the chain was stolen.


"We're investigating whether there's a connection between the reported robbery and the shooting," New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne told The Associated Press.


After the incident, four men, including Fabolous, were arrested and charged with having unregistered, loaded weapons in their SUV.


On Tuesday night, Telfair viewed four police lineups that included Fabolous and his three companions, but he was unable to identify any suspects.


According to Assistant District Attorney Nicole Blumberg, several witnesses heard gunshots outside the East 22nd Street restaurant at about 12:30 a.m. There were a number of calls to 911, and one witness took down the make and license plate of a sport utility vehicle leaving the scene, she said.


Last February, the Trail Blazers fined Telfair after a loaded gun was found on the team's private jet at Boston's Logan Airport.


The handgun was found in a pillowcase belonging to Telfair as the team plane was being prepared for a flight from Boston to Toronto. Telfair explained to local authorities that the gun belonged to his girlfriend and that he had inadvertently grabbed the wrong bag when leaving for the team's road trip.


The gun was registered in Oregon to Samantha Rodriguez, Telfair's girlfriend of five years at that time. No charges were filed.


Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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