LOS ANGELES – Rapper Huey, known for a 2007 hit “Pop, Lock & Drop It,” has died after he suffered a gunshot wound in a double shooting in Missouri’s north St. Louis County, police said on Friday.
The singer, whose real name was Lawrence Franks Jr. but remained popular with his stage name Huey, was one of the two people wounded in the double shooting at a block of Martin Luther King in the city of Kinloch, the local media reported, citing neighbors.
The second victim was shot in the vicinity of the first shooting, police said.
Huey was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to St. Louis County police, while the second victim was admitted to a local health facility with non-life-threatening wounds.
Police said at least a dozen people were near the crime spot at the time of the shooting.
The 32-year-old singer earned massive popularity with the single “Pop, Lock & Drop It,” which stayed in the top 10 on the US charts throughout the summer of 2007.
Despite his hugely popular first album, “Notebook Paper,” the singer could not repeat the same success in his subsequent works, although he caught the attention of other popular rappers such as Nelly.
Huey survived an assassination attempt in 2009, the TMZ newspaper reported, adding that a concert promoter had then asked him not to act because he was being targeted for a crime.
Several musicians, such as producer Jaylien Wesley, mourned the death of the rapper and expressed their condolences.