A doctor testified yesterday (Feb. 7) in New York that a woman wounded in a nightclub melee that involved Sean "Puffy" Combs told him that the rap impresario had shot her. Dr. John A. Perrotti said he
A doctor testified yesterday (Feb. 7) in New York that a woman wounded in a nightclub melee that involved Sean "Puffy" Combs told him that the rap impresario had shot her. Dr. John A. Perrotti said he was working in the St. Clare's Hospital emergency room on Dec. 27, 1999, when Natania Reuben was brought in with a gunshot wound to the face.
"She was somewhat upset and excited," Perrotti said. "She was very anxious; she was very nervous; she was speaking out loud; she was in some pain."
Perrotti testified that Reuben said she had been shot inside a nightclub, and that she told him, "I was shot by Puffy." Perrotti said Reuben "just blurted it out."
Reuben testified Monday that just before a bullet hit her like "a flaming hot sledgehammer," she saw Combs and his rap protege Jamal "Shyne" Barrow fire guns during an altercation at Club New York. But she also testified that she did not know who had shot her.
Barrow is charged with three counts of attempted murder in the shooting. He is on trial with Combs, 31, and Combs' bodyguard, Anthony "Wolf" Jones, 34. Combs and Jones are charged with gun possession and bribery.
Combs, who has pleaded innocent, was arrested after police said a gun was thrown from the vehicle he and some of his entourage used to flee the club. Another gun was allegedly found in the vehicle. Combs was charged with bribery for allegedly offering his driver $50,000 to claim the gun found in the vehicle.
Julius Jones, 28, the third of the three nightclub shooting victims to testify, also said he saw Barrow fire the bullet that entered his right shoulder. Jones testified that he saw a black automatic pistol in Combs' hand.
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