4:42 p.m.ET: This story has been updated with new information.
Up-and-coming rapper Doe B, a member of Grand Hustle’s Hustle Gang, was shot and killed in his home town of Montgomery, Ala. early Saturday. He was 22. His management confirmed the MC’s death on Twitter.
On behalf of doe b’s management i would like to thank all of his fans and say Rest in Peace my brother Glenn thomas aka @CBMDOEB
— DOE B. (@CBMDOEB) December 28, 2013
Doe B — born Glenn Thomas — and another person were fatally shot during an incident at the Centennial Bar and Grill on Highland Avenue in Montgomery, officials said. The shooting, which left six other patrons injured, occurred at around 1:30 a.m.
Police have identified Kimberle Johnson as the second murder victim. According to her Instagram account, Johnson turned 21 this week and was a student at Troy University in nearby Troy, Ala.
No arrests have been made.
The Centennial is in a small building that formerly housed the Rose Supper Club (see Google Street View), which was the site of a shooting in December 2012 that left six people injured. Following the latest shooting, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange ordered the club to close immediately.
“I believe it is not a matter of ‘if’, but ‘when’ the next tragic incident occurs at this business,” he said in a written statement (via WSFA 12 News). “That is unacceptable, and that is why we have ordered the business to be closed effective immediately.”
In his brief but promising career, Doe B specialized in the Trap style of hip-hop and was known for his relaxed delivery and signature eye patch — the result of another shooting three years ago.
He was signed to Atlanta-based label Grand Hustle Records by founder T.I. and made noise on the Hustle Gang’s “G.D.O.D. compilation, later releasing the buzz-grabbing mixtape “Baby Jesus” over the summer. In recent months he has dropped videos for tracks including “Let Me Find Out” featuring T.I. and Juicy J, “Trap Muzik” and “2 Many,” featuring Rich Homie Quan.
RIP to my lil brother Doe B. We gon miss u my nigga. U’ll never be forgotten & U WILL NOT DIE IN VAIN. We Love U champ. Always.
— T.I. (@Tip) December 28, 2013
The Blueprint Group, the management firm to which Doe B was signed, has released a statement following the rapper’s death.
“Doe B was an amazing young man, in every sense of the word,” the statement reads. “A truly talented artist, a loving father and a dedicated member of the hip hop community at large, he touched the lives of the many people who had the privilege of knowing him. The Blueprint Group offers our condolences to our Doe B label partners Interscope / Hustle Gang, his management DJ Frank White and Brooklyn Knights, and most of all his family, friends and fans at this very difficult time. We ask that you remember him not by his untimely death, but by his love of life and the music he left behind.”