Wyclef Jean has ‘no idea’ who shot him, but police say no one did
Wyclef Jean says he has no idea who shot him during an election riot in Haiti, but police say that his injury was caused by broken glass.
Jean claimed to be shot in the hand while rallying support for presidential candidate Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly in Haiti on Saturday. His car, which also seated rapper Busta Rhymes, was showered with bullets, and Jean said that he was hit as he stepped out to make a phone call.
“I got out of the car and heard gunfire,” he told the Daily Star. “The next I noticed there was blood on my shirt and sneakers. I have no idea who fired the rounds or whether they were shooting at me.”
Despite these claims, Vanel Lacroix, police chief in Peitonville, where Jean is staying, told the Daily Mail: “We met with the doctor who saw him and he confirmed Wyclef was cut by glass.”
Jean said he could not speculate as to whether he was targeted by the shooter, but Damien Merlo, a spokesman for the Martelly campaign, told CNN “it was nothing.”
“He’s fine and out and about getting out the vote for us,” said Merlo.
Jean has been in Haiti to support Martelly’s presidential bid after his own bid for president ended in August. He was disqualified from running because Haiti’s constitution requires that candidates have lived in the country for five years, and Jean lives in the U.S.