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For the second time this year, Bay Area rapper Keak Da Sneak is in the hospital after reportedly being shot multiple times at a gas station in Richmond, Calif, reports Billboard.

The 39-year-old artist, born Charles Williams, was reportedly in critical condition on Monday (Aug. 21). Richmond Police LT. Felix Tan told the East Bay Times that cops arrived on scene at around 5:30 a.m. after a call about shots fired. At press time there were no suspects identified and no known motive, but police were reviewing surveillance footage from the area to determine what happened in what officials believe was a “targeted” incident.

“They’re working around the clock on this case,” Tan said on Monday night. “We’re hoping to talk to the victim as soon as he gets recovered enough to speak with us.”

Keak was reportedly shot in a separate incident on January 20, taking the stage several days later to perform while walking with a cane according to an image posted on his Instagram.


Keak performed a headlining set on Sunday night at the Complex in downtown Oakland. Fellow Bay Area legend Mistah F.A.B., who performed on the bill with Keak the night before, posted well wishes in a video about the shooting.

“The big homie made it through surgery, he did get shot, he’s not dead,” F.A.B. said in the clip. “Don’t wait til I’m hurt to try to heal me, care about me while I’m here,” he added in a plea for peace and togetherness.

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