Rapper Lil Reese ‘grazed in the eye’ by bullet during shooting in Chicago parking garage


A year-and-a-half after nearly being shot and killed during a brazen afternoon attack and chase just outside his hometown of Chicago, Lil Reese has been shot once again.

The rapper, 28, was among three people who were shot Saturday morning in a parking garage connected to a luxury high-rise condominium in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, according to CWB Chicago.

A graphic video of the bloody aftermath has surfaced online. It reportedly shows a man, believed to be Reese, laying on the ground bleeding from the head, another wounded man walking out of the garage, and bystanders yelling about a stolen vehicle and mentioning Reese’s name.

Shot again! Lil Reese, 28, was among three people shot in a parking garage connected to a luxury high-rise condominium in the River North neighborhood in Chicago Saturday morning

Witnesses reported seeing several people ‘who were all shooting at each other’ in what police think may have been some sort of carjacking.  

Reese (born Tavares Lamont Taylor) was grazed in the eye with a bullet, while a 20-year man suffered a superficial gunshot to the knee. Both are listed in fair to good condition. 

A third man, 27, was wounded several times in the body, and at last check was listed in critical condition. 

The manager for the rapper’s Instagram page shared a message to his 1.7 million fans and followers, writing, ‘Everyone keep praying for Reese & his family,’ in a post on Saturday afternoon. 

Coming together: The manager for the rapper's Instagram page shared a message to his 1.7 million fans and followers

Coming together: The manager for the rapper’s Instagram page shared a message to his 1.7 million fans and followers

Fair to good condition! Police found Reese (born Tavares Lamont Taylor) outside of the garage bleeding profusely; he was reportedly grazed in the eye with a bullet

Fair to good condition! Police found Reese (born Tavares Lamont Taylor) outside of the garage bleeding profusely; he was reportedly grazed in the eye with a bullet

Officers interviewed three people who were walking to their vehicle just before 10 a.m. when they heard what they thought was a car crash, the Chicago Sun Times  reported.  

Moments later, they heard a couple of loud ‘pops’ that turned out to be gunshots.

The group ended up driving to the third floor of the garage and found a car crashed into a cement barrier. While looking over the area they heard someone yell out: ‘Shots fired!’, which prompted them to turn their car around and drive off.   

When police arrived at the scene they found Reese bleeding profusely from the head, while being accused of stealing someone’s car.

The other man in the video was also accused of taking part in the alleged car theft,  but he denied being involved in any way. 

A stolen Dodge Durango, littered with bullets, was also found crashed at the scene. 

Police investigation: Police are looking into whether the shootings were part of a carjacking; Reese is seen in NYC in 2016

Police investigation: Police are looking into whether the shootings were part of a carjacking; Reese is seen in NYC in 2016

The Traffic rapper was criti during a shooting just outside of Chicago in November 2019 He was snapped in NYC in 2016

2019 shooting: The Traffic rapper was critically injured during a shooting and car chase just outside of Chicago in November 2019; he is pictured in NYC in 2016

Back in November 2019, Reese was critically injured when his vehicle was riddled with bullets during an attack and chase that ended at a busy intersection in Country Club Hills, Illinois, just outside Chicago.

A man armed with an AK47 assault rifle shot the rapper in the neck while he was trying to put money into his mother’s bank account in the middle of the afternoon, in what he believed to be a case of mistaken identity. 

Witnesses heard as many as a dozen gunshots ring out during the chase, according to Complex.         

Investigators said they found an empty vehicle with blood saturating the driver’s seat and the side door.

It turns out Reese asked someone in a vehicle just behind to give him a ride to a local hospital. It’s believed that if he had waited for an ambulance, there was a good chance he would have died.     

No one has been arrested and convicted for the shooting.        

Making his mark: The rapper's biggest commercial success to date came with the single I Don't Like with Chief Keef, which hit 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 2012; they are seen together in photo from August 2020

Making his mark: The rapper’s biggest commercial success to date came with the single I Don’t Like with Chief Keef, which hit 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 2012; they are seen together in photo from August 2020

Lil Reese has past worked with rappers including Chief Keef and Lil Durk, who took to Twitter Monday evening with a brief mention of his ailing peer, writing, ‘Reese good’ with a blue heart emoji. 

His biggest commercial success to date came with the single I Don’t Like with Chief Keef, which hit 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 2012. 

Reese sent out a tweet just before the 2019 shooting, writing, ‘If you not on s*** or dont got s*** going for yoself dnt come around me…’ 

Friends chime in: Lil Durk took to Twitter after the 2019 shooting and made a brief mention of his ailing peer, writing, 'Reese good' with a blue heart emoji

Friends chime in: Lil Durk took to Twitter after the 2019 shooting and made a brief mention of his ailing peer, writing, ‘Reese good’ with a blue heart emoji

Speaking out: Reese sent out a tweet just prior to the 2019 shooting

Speaking out: Reese sent out a tweet just prior to the 2019 shooting 

Cold case: No one has been arrested and convicted of the 2019 shooting; he's seen in 2018

Cold case: No one has been arrested and convicted of the 2019 shooting; he’s seen in 2018



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