Thursday, May 25, 2006

Rapper Beanie Sigel has been shot in a robbery attempt

Shaheem Reid:

Beanie Sigel is in a Philadelphia hospital recuperating from gunshot wounds to the arm after an attempted robbery on Thursday morning.

According to a Philadelphia police spokesperson, Sigel was in his vehicle at the intersection of 22nd and Sigel Streets (the street that inspired his stage moniker) at approximately 7:10 a.m. Thursday when five black males approached him in two separate vehicles, one of which was described as a dark Dodge Mirada with tinted windows.

One of the men — described as a bearded black male in his 30s wearing jeans and Timberland boots — opened fire; one or two bullets struck Sigel in his upper right arm. Sigel was able to flee the scene and drove himself to the University of Pennsylvania hospital.

Police said Sigel is listed in good condition. The rapper's representatives could not be reached for comment.

Sigel (Dwight Grant), was released from prison in August after serving a year on weapons charges (see "Beanie Sigel Released From Prison") and was acquitted of attempted murder the following month (see "Beanie Sigel Acquitted In Attempted-Murder Trial"). In October, his stepfather, Samuel Derry, was murdered in Philadelphia (see "Suspect Charged In Murder Of Beanie Sigel's Stepfather"). Sigel was also briefly jailed in November for failure to pay child support.

Beanie Sigel Shot in Botched Robbery

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