Rapper Shot During Own Mother's Funeral
Benzino's nephew charged in shooting
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2014 8:47 AM CDT
This Oct. 10, 2004 file photo shows Ray Benzino at the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards in Miami.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

(Newser) – A rapper and reality TV star was shot Saturday—while riding in the funeral procession for his mother. Benzino, who stars in VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, was injured in the Massachusetts shooting but is in good condition, and his nephew Gai Scott was arrested, the AP reports. Police say Scott pulled up alongside Benzino's Bentley and started shooting; he has been charged with assault with intent to murder.

The AP notes that the reality series Benzino stars in "is known for its over-the-top drama and fights," and says that "there had been growing tension between" Scott and his uncle. Benzino, real name Raymond Scott, was on his way to a church in Plymouth for his mother's funeral Mass when he was shot in the arm; his back was also grazed by a bullet, Rolling Stone reports. WCVB has this crazy quote: "The funeral was delayed, but was held with blood-spattered cars and a hearse in the parking lot."

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Apr 1, 2014 11:19 AM CDT
unneccessary violence
T Gentry
Apr 1, 2014 6:41 AM CDT
And we are supposed to believe that all people are equal.
Apr 1, 2014 4:50 AM CDT
Most "Rappers" have a "Rap Sheet."