Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy was arrested during a probe into the fatal shooting of a local rap promoter earlier this week, Mountain View (Calif.) authorities are saying. Police say that while investigating the death of a man shot backstage early Sunday morning, they uncovered what they described as illegal firearms, the Associated Press reported Aug. 26. He was arrested under suspicion of possessing illegal firearms.
Mountain View police spokesman Sgt. Saul Jaeger said that the rapper (real name: Jay Wayne Jenkins) was taken into custody Sunday. He and five other people were arrested while detectives were executing a search warrant at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif. The six were then taken to the Orange County jail.
According to EOnline, Young Jeezy was being held on $1 million bail. The weapons charge was made after Mountain View police searched the rapper's tour bus and found the firearm.
Jaeger maintained that none of those arrested have been identified as suspects in the killing of 38-year-old Eric Johnson, who, authorities say, was shot five times at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. Young Jeezy had co-headlined a concert on Friday night with Pittsurgh rapper Wiz Khalifa.
Officials were quick to affirm that Wiz Khalifa did not appear to be in any way connected to the deceased. However, the promoter was at the "Under The Influence Tour" show promoting an after-party in San Jose.
At least one witness saw Johnson and an unknown man together earlier engaged in an altercation. Still, the suspect has yet to be identified. The investigation is also hampered by a lack of surveillance footage.
Shino Tanaka of Mountain View Police said in a statement (per KTVU in Oakland):“We don't have any surveillance video as far as I know at this point in time. That's why we are looking to the public to assist us.”
The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s with short hair, who stands between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall. The weapon used in the shooting at the Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy concert has yet to be recovered as well.
Young Jeezy's arrest marks the latest incident in which an Atlanta rapper has been charged for allegedly possessing an illegal firearm. In March 2009, T. I. was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for possessing machine guns and silencers. As Reuters reported, he had faced 20 years in prison but doing 1,000 hours of community service (mostly anti-drug and anti-gang public service) while touring the U. S. as part of a plea deal saw his sentence reduced dramatically.