Benzino Shot During Mother's Funeral Procession, In Critical Condition
Update: a representative for Benzino has released a statement saying that the rapper is in "critical condition."
"He was shot in the shoulder while attending his mom funeral. By his side is his Dad, long time business partner Dave Mays, friend Stevie J and his fiance Althea Heart. At this time we ask that you keep Benzino in your prayers as we are hoping for a speedy recovery."
Benzino -- the rapper, "Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta" star and former Source co-owner -- has been hospitalized after reportedly being shot at his mother's funeral procession in Duxbury, Mass. this morning.
According to sources cited by WHDH-TV 7News Boston, Benzino (real name: Raymond Scott) was shot at by his nephew, Gai Scott. Scott allegedly pulled up in his Bentley alongside Benzino's Dodge SUV and fired multiple gunshots. Benzino was transported to a nearby hospital.
36-year-old Gai Scott was placed under arrest and charged with armed assault with intent to murder. He will be arraigned in Plymouth District Court on Mon., March 31.
Apparently, no one outside the funeral noticed something was wrong until the hearse reached the church and the priest noticed blood on it. According to WHDH, the family claims there had been tension between the two for some time.
The 48-year old Benzino is known throughout the hip-hop world for his time on "Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta" as well as his time at The Source, which included a lengthy public feud with Eminem and that greatly tarnished the magazine's reputation. He was a member of the Boston groups Almighty RSO and Made Men and has released four solo albums, most recently 2007's "The Antidote."