The suspect arrested in the Friday night (March 2) shooting of 15 people outside of The Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe, Arizona, has been identified, according to a press release sent to XXLMag.com by the Tempe Police Department. Cops are still looking for two more suspects.
The arrested suspect, identified as Raynon Keswun Jones, opened fire after an argument ensued outside of the venue where concertgoers gathered to see former XXL Freshman Nipsey Hussle.
A total of 15 people were shot, contrary to the 13 originally reported, and all but one have been treated for their injuries and released.
According to the press release, Jones is facing 13 counts of aggravated assault and one count of assisting a criminal street gang, while cops are in search of two more men they believe fled the scene on foot.
“My deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the victims and their families who were affected by the tragic event that took place [Friday] night in Arizona, and I pray for the speedy recovery for anyone involved,” Nipsey said in the statement he posted on his Tumblr page. “I grew up on the streets of south central Los Angeles and have witnessed many tragedies in my lifetime. I never glorify any situation like this and think it is disgusting.
“Any fan of my music knows that I strongly oppose gun violence, and that I represent nothing but peace and progress through hard work… that anyone can overcome adversity no matter what your social status in life, which is clearly addressed on my latest release, The Marathon Continues,” he continued.
It’s also his hope that this incident isn’t pegged to violence in hip-hop.
“Many people will wrongfully attribute this incident to the hip-hop culture, which is purely and simply false,” he said. “The alleged shooters were not ticket holders for my performance. Regardless, this incident is a tragic reminder of the circumstances that face our community every day, and my heart and prayers go out to the victims of this, and all the other senseless acts of violence occurring every day in our communities.” —Mark Lelinwalla @XXL_Mark