Rapper who was pardoned by Trump shot — Analysis

Kodak and two other victims were shot in the head outside a nightclub where Justin Bieber was performing.

Kodak Black from Florida, who was one of three victims shot outside a Los Angeles nightclub, was pardoned by then-US President Donald Trump.

The shooting happened Saturday morning at The Nice Guy lounge, West Hollywood. The club was hosting a celebrity-studded afterparty to a Justin Bieber concert nearby. According to police, Black (24 years old) and two of the other victims will be able to make a full recovery after being taken by ambulance to NBC News.

Many shots were fired during a brawl that broke out after the rapper and his entourage had left the nightclub just before 2:45 A.M.

Another media report, by TMZ about the incident said that Black was injured in his leg. Social media footage showed Black posing just prior to the start of the fight. TMZ said the fight started when one of the performer’s friends was attacked by an unknown assailant.

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Black (real name Bill Kapri) was sentenced to 46 month imprisonment in 2020 for federal weapons offenses. Black admitted lying to background check forms regarding several gun purchases.

Trump’s January 2020 pardon meant that the rapper could still be in jail, instead of partying in West Hollywood. Black and another rap star, Lil Wayne, were among 143 people who were pardoned or had their sentences commuted on Trump’s last full day on the job.

The White House released a statement at that time, praising Black’s charity work. “Before his conviction and after reaching success as a recording artist, Kodak Black became deeply involved in numerous philanthropic efforts. In fact, he has committed to supporting a variety of charitable efforts, such as providing educational resources to students and families of fallen law enforcement officers and the underprivileged.”

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