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Rapper Big Boogie among 24 arrested following a shooting on a Mississippi highway


Rapper Big Boogie is among 24 arrested after shooting on a Mississippi highway – nine months after two people were shot dead at one of his concerts

  • Shooting occurred on Interstate 55 near  the Mississippi town of Coldwater on Thursday afternoon
  • Tennessee-based rapper Big Boogie (real name John Lotts) was among the 24 people arrested in connection with the incident  
  • Big Boogie, who has a track celled ‘Murder 4 Me’, previously hit headlines after his name was linked to a separate shooting incident
  • Last July, two people were fatally shot at his concert in Como, Mississippi 

Rapper Big Boogie is among 24 people who have been arrested following a highway shooting in Mississippi

The incident occurred on Interstate 55 near the town of Coldwater, just south of the Tennessee border, shortly before 1 pm Thursday. One man was shot and injured inside of his car. 

Officers rushed to the scene where they surrounded a ‘caravan of vehicles’, before arresting 21 people. They additionally impounded four cars. 

Three more people were taken into custody at a separate location. 

Big Boogie, real name John Lotts, 24, is based in Memphis, Tennessee, and has previously hit headlines over a separate shooting incident.

In July of last year, two people were fatally shot at a Big Boogie concert in Como, Mississippi. Two men were subsequently arrested and charged.

The rapper has a hit track titled ‘Murder 4 Me’. 

Rapper Big Boogie is among 24 people who have been arrested following a shooting in Mississippi on Thursday

The victim of Thursday’s shooting, who is in a stable condition, has not been publicly identified.

However, officers have confirmed that they recovered a firearm, sums of cash and ‘felony amounts of narcotics’ inside his vehicle. 

One of the passengers inside the car has been confirmed to be a convicted felon.     

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics are leading the investigation. No charges have yet been filed. 

Police confirmed to The Panolian that several of those arrested were members of Big Boogie’s ‘posse’ or ‘entourage’.  

Big Boogie was scheduled to perform at a BlackSpringBreak event in the town of Biloxi. 

Big Boogie (real name John Lotts), 24, is based in Memphis, Tennessee, and has previously hit headlines over a separate shooting incident

Big Boogie (real name John Lotts), 24, is based in Memphis, Tennessee, and has previously hit headlines over a separate shooting incident

The rapper, who boasts almost 250,000 followers on Instagram, is signed with CMG Records

The rapper, who boasts almost 250,000 followers on Instagram, is signed with CMG Records

The rapper, who boasts almost 250,000 followers on Instagram, is signed with CMG Records. 

A biography from his official website states that he was born in Louisiana and was one of 11 children ‘raised mostly below the poverty line’. 

Big Boogie’s father died when he was young, prompting the youngster to enter the rap scene. 

‘I got into music out of necessity. I needed money,’ he is quoted as saying in the autobiography.  

Big Boogie's father died when he was young, prompting the youngster to enter the rap scene

Big Boogie’s father died when he was young, prompting the youngster to enter the rap scene

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