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9/9/2003 10:30:59 PM

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Gunfire erupted outside a Jersey City hotel early yesterday as rapper 50 Cent was inside checking in, witnesses and authorities said.

After the shots rang out near the side entrance of the DoubleTree Club Suites Hotel, the rapper, his bodyguards and other members of the entourage piled into sport utility vehicles in the parking lot and fled before police arrived, authorities said.

No one was injured.

Police were called to the hotel, on Washington Boulevard in the city's Newport section, just after midnight after receiving a call from the staff that shots had been fired outside the hotel.

When officers arrived, a parking attendant told them the 27-year-old rapper -- whose real name is Curtis Jackson -- had arrived at the hotel earlier to check in, officials said.

The attendant told police he heard the gunshots as a dozen men from 50 Cent's entourage were approaching the side entrance, according to police reports. When the attendant ran inside to call police, 50 Cent and most of his entourage got into several large SUVs and drove away, the reports said.

Investigators later found nine spent shells in the parking lot area -- three .45 caliber and six .40 caliber, police said.

The number of spent shell casings may be significant: Three years ago, the rapper was shot nine times and still has a bullet fragment in his tongue and a hole in his jaw.

Sources said hotel reservations for 50 Cent and his entourage were made by his record label, Interscope. The rapper has stayed at the hotel several times in the past, they said.

Neither 50 Cent nor his attorney, Robert Kalina of New York, could be reached for comment yesterday.

DoubleTree spokesman Ron Simoncini said it was against hotel policy to disclose personal information about guests, but said he was aware of the shooting.

Police continued to comb the area of the shooting yesterday afternoon, but have no suspects or motive, police Sgt. Edgar Martinez said.

Drugs and violence are mainstays of rap lyrics, and have been factors in 50 Cent's personal past as well. According to press reports, he was dealing drugs by the age of 12 and later ran a local drug ring.

In May 2000, he was shot nine times outside the Queens home of his grandmother, who raised him after his mother was killed when the rapper was 8.

In December 2002, 50 Cent was charged with gun possession, as were five others in the SUV he was riding in on 43rd Street near 10th Avenue in Manhattan, according to court documents. His next court date on that charge is scheduled for the end of this month, court documents said.

Yesterday's incident was the third involving rap stars in a little more than a week. Last Thursday, D.O. Cannon, whose real name is Gerard Fields, was gunned down on a Queens street corner. On Labor Day, Shadaha "Jah" Bey, who was often seen with 50 Cent's crew, G Unit, was shot and killed a few miles from where D.O. Cannon was shot.

Bey's father, Yusef, told the New York Daily News that his son was a G Unit rapper who worked security for 50 Cent.

D.O. Cannon's record label, Murder Inc., and 50 Cent have been involved in an ongoing public feud.

Ja Rule, the most popular artist on the Murder Inc. label, has written lyrics referring to 50 Cent as a snitch. For his part, 50 Cent has targeted Ja Rule in his lyrics

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