Rapper Rich The Kid, 2 Others Assaulted During Robbery That Led to Gunfire Outside West Hollywood Recording Studio

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Authorities were searching for three suspects who physically assaulted and robbed Rich The Kid and two other men outside a West Hollywood recording studio Tuesday, leading to a gunfire.

Calls came in around 3:15 p.m. reporting shots fired in the area of Santa Monica Boulevard at Greenacre Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Abraham Hanoun was driving down Santa Monica Boulevard, on his way to work, when he said he witnessed the incident.

Hanoun said he first noticed a man who appears to be anxious, “in a state of panic.” A silver car then pulled up, and the man turns around, pulled pistol from waist and aimed it at the car, Hanoun said.

“He starts shooting, roughly nine shots,” Hanoun said. “That’s all I remember, just the silver car getting shot at. In the moment I didn’t really pay attention to everything, I just wanted to get out of there.”

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the rapper and two other victims who said that the three suspects confronted them in an alley behind the business and demanded their money and jewelry, according to sheriff's officials.

The suspects then physically assaulted the victims, got into a vehicle and drove away, going westbound, authorities said.

While they were driving away, "a shooting occurred by an unknown male suspect" who has not been located or identified, the Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

None of the victims suffered gunshot wounds. The three were treated at the scene for minor injuries, the Sheriff's Department said.

About three hours before the assault, Rich the Kid had posted a photo of himself to Instagram with large wads of cash in one hand, the other hand bandaged. The caption reads, "Always in bank mo deposit."


Investigators have yet to identify the shooter or other suspects, who remained at large Tuesday night. No arrests were made.

Celebrity news website TMZ.com reported that Rich the Kid and his entourage were the victims, and aerial video above the scene appeared to show Rich the Kid wearing the same clothes that were seen in his Instagram post. The blue Lamborghini seen in the post was also visible parked near the studio.

Hanoun described the shooter as being in his 20s and around 6 feet 2 inches tall. The man was wearing red pants with a black shirt, he said.

Authorities had yet to release any suspect descriptions.

West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station detectives were investigating the incident.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the West Hollywood station at 310-855-8850. To leave an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly characterized how the Sheriff's Department's described the shooting. The story has been updated.

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