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Rap News Network
2/6/2004 3:13:38 AM
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A Brooklyn security guard who worked for rapper 50 Cent has been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon after allegedly firing shots outside a Jersey City hotel in September as the rapper was checking in.
William Floyd, who was among the rapper's entourage on Sept. 9, did not appear to be shooting at anyone when he allegedly fired shots outside the DoubleTree Club Suites Hotel, Assistant Hudson County Prosecutor Patrick Doherty said.
"There was no indication that there was a second gunman or shooter," Doherty said. "He was the only gentlemen seen with a gun."
After the shots were fired, 50 Cent and his entourage piled into a sports utility vehicle and fled before police arrived.
Doherty couldn't say why Floyd fired the gun.
"I can't tell what was on his mind," he said.
Floyd, 36, was arrested in November. Charges against him, which include possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, will be heard before a grand jury within a month, said Doherty.
The security guard, who has worked for other hip-hop acts, though Doherty couldn't say who, was arrested after one of the hotel employees identified him, said Doherty.
In September, the incident fueled speculation that 50 Cent, who survived nine gunshot wounds in 2000, was being targeted once again. The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has been involved in a rivalry with rapper Ja Rule, a West Orange resident, and his Murder Inc. Crew. Both have attacked each other in the lyrics of their songs.
Shortly before the Jersey City incident, rapper D.O. Cannon of the Murder Inc. label was gunned down in Queens. A few weeks later, rapper Shadaha "Jah" Bey, who associated with 50 Cent's crew, G Unit, was shot and killed not far from where D.O. Cannon was shot.
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