Rapper Arrested Following Arkansas Nightclub Shootout

Will Racke | Immigration and Foreign Policy Reporter

A rapper known as Finesse 2Tymes was arrested early Sunday in Birmingham, Ala., a day after more than two dozen people were shot during one of his performances at an Arkansas night club.

The Memphis-based rapper, whose real name is Ricky Hampton, and another individual were taken into custody Sunday by U.S. Marshals along with the ATF and FBI, CBS News reported. Federal agents arrested Hampton and the other man, 25-year-old Kentrell Gwynn, at the Side Effects night club after receiving information Hampton would be in Birmingham.

Hampton was wanted for outstanding warrants unrelated to the nightclub shooting. Both men are being held on a fugitive from justice warrants pending extradition to Arkansas, according to jail records.

Hampton was performing at the Power Ultra Lounge in Little Rock early Saturday morning when a dispute in the crowd escalated into an exchange of gunfire. Twenty-five people between the ages of 16 and 35 suffered gunshot wounds, and three others were hurt.

So many shots were fired that investigators believe multiple shooters were involved. Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner credited the quick response by first responders for the fact that no concertgoers were killed in the volley of gunfire.

“We had professional people responding to that incident and they did what they were trained to do, and I know they probably had something to do with the fact we didn’t have any fatalities,” Buckner said.

Little Rock officials said they are moving to shut down the Power Ultra Lounge under a criminal abatement program, the Associated Press reported. State regulators suspended the club’s liquor license Saturday, and the club’s landlord posted an eviction notice saying that Power Ultra is being ousted for “failure to maintain the premises in a safe condition.”

Power Ultra Lounge promotional poster. (Screenshot by Luke Rosiak/TheDCNF)

Power Ultra Lounge promotional poster. (Screenshot by Luke Rosiak/TheDCNF)

Mayor Mark Stodola warned Little Rock residents not to attend clubs that seem to promote violence. Material advertising the Finesse 2Tymes performance depicted the rapper aiming a gun at the camera.

“A promotional video with a gun on the front cover inviting people to a concert … should also be totally unacceptable in our community,” Stodola said.

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