Ten people were injured when gunfire erupted outside a restaurant in Miami Gardens, Florida on Thursday night (January 5th) during what witnesses said was a video shoot for French Montana. According to WSVN 7, Miami Gardens Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to reports of shots fired at The Licking Gardens during an incident that reportedly involved three different crime scenes; the other two scenes were not identified at press time.
7News reported that MGPD Detective Diana Gorgue said Thursday evening that police were still working the scene, which involved “multiple shots … multiple incidents,” with four victims reportedly flown to a local trauma center and four others transported even to a hospital. Witnesses told police the shooting erupted while Montana was shooting a music video outside of The Licking.
A witness said they came to watch Montana’s video production, in which a fellow passenger was allegedly robbed of his watch, keys and wallet. “[He asked to] call his mom and see if we can get extra car keys and make sure, you know, he’s okay and then the gunshots went off,” said witness Ced Mogul, a local rapper. “At least 13, 14, 15 shots. It was very fast, it sounded like an assault rifle.”
It was unclear at press time if someone fired into the crowd or if there was an exchange of gunfire, according to 7News. “I started running and I looked back, but I was like, ‘You know what? Let me duck first, and then people started asking me, you know, ‘Can you help me?'” Mogul said. “When I realized that people were asking for help, there was nothing you could do about it when you got shot.”
NBC6 reported that police said an altercation that started elsewhere eventually ended at the restaurant, where New Orleans rapper Rob49 was reportedly among the victims.
At press time, it was unclear where Montana was during the shooting, although it appears he was not injured in the incident; a spokesman for Montana could not be reached for comment by press time, and a public information officer for the Miami-Dade PD had not returned a request for an update on the investigation by press time. TMZ reported that a witness said Montana’s security team drove the MC out of the area safely and without incident after gunfire broke out.
Mogul also shared a video with a local NBC affiliate that he said showed Montana, wearing a red shirt, sitting in the back seat of a car and looking at some wardrobe options, allegedly filmed just before the shooting.
Montana dropped the latest installment of his long-running Coke Boys series, Coke Boys 6, on Friday morning (Jan. 6), with guest spots from A$AP Rocky, Benny the Butcher, Kodak Black, Max B, King Combs, Est Gee, Jeremih and more. The rapper promoted the mixtape on Thursday morning Instagram and Twitter posts, but did not appear to have commented on the shooting on his social media at press time.