A fatal shooting outside a crowded South Florida beachfront hotel. Another on a busy Miami Beach street. A third with no serious injuries on a major highway.
All involved hip-hop performers or guests of the Rolling Loud Festival, a three-day spectacular that concluded Sunday at the Miami Dolphins stadium, and police agencies are comparing notes to determine whether they were connected.
“It is all something we are investigating, but it is too early to tell,” Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said Monday. No one has been arrested.
Rolling Loud organizers did not return calls and emails seeking comment. The festival’s Twitter account posted a message Monday reading, “IF YOU DIDN’T ENJOY ROLLING LOUD DESPITE THE HICCUPS, STAY HOME NEXT YEAR…THIS IS HIP-HOP.” The account was later suspended.
In the most notable shooting tied to the festival, gunmen in a passing Cadillac Escalade opened fire on rapper NBA YoungBoy as he and his 10-member entourage exited Trump International Beach Resort Miami in Sunny Isles Beach on Sunday afternoon. Those shots wounded the rapper’s 19-year-old girlfriend, Kaylyn Marie Long, and grazed a 5-year-old bystander.
Some members of YoungBoy’s party, who were legally armed, returned fire, Miami-Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said. One of those bullets fatally struck a 43-year-old bystander, Mohamad Jradi, as he sat in his van across the street. No members of YoungBoy’s party will be charged, as they fired in self-defense, Zabaleta said.
Four men who were later detained at the stadium as possible suspects were not connected to the shooting and were released, he said.