Memphis hip-hop artist Blac Youngsta (born Sammie Benson) turned himself into Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Signed, to Yo Gotti’s CMG label, Blac Youngsta released his single “Heavy” from the album Fast Bricks 3, which is his third mixtape.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department detectives told FOX13 that Benson has been charged for his involvement in a shooting stemming back to February 26. The shooting involved another Memphis rapper, Young Dolph. Young Dolph’s vehicle was hit with about 100 shells, but Young Dolph was not injured because his SUV had bulletproof glass.
Two other men, 23-year-old Frederick Black and 20-year-old Antavius Gardner, also turned themselves in and have been charged in the shooting. All three suspects have each been charged with six counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied property as well as felony conspiracy.
According to the police report, Young Dolph was on his way to do a show when his SUV was littered with bullets. More than 100 round were fired into Delphi’s SUV but luckily nobody was injured.
North Carolina law for discharging certain barreled weapons or a firearm into occupied property states:
- Any person who willfully or wantonly discharges or attempts to discharge any firearm or barreled weapon capable of discharging shot, bullets, pellets, or other missiles at a muzzle velocity of at least 600 feet per second into any building, structure, vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, or other conveyance, device, equipment, erection, or enclosure while it is occupied is guilty of a Class E felony.
- A person who willfully or wantonly discharges a weapon described in subsection (a) of this section into an occupied dwelling or into any occupied vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, or other conveyance that is in operation is guilty of a Class D felony.
- If a person violates this section and the violation results in serious bodily injury to any person, the person is guilty of a Class C felony
It seems as though Youngsta and his affiliates will be charged with Class D felonies since the vehicle they shot at was occupied and in operation at the time of the shooting. In North Carolina, a Class D felony is a high-level felony which carries high mandatory minimum sentences.
In North Carolina class D felonies are punishable by up to 160 months (roughly 13 years) in jail so all three suspects could face serious time behind bars. However, according to FOX13, Blac Youngsta was released from jail a few hours after turning himself in.
A few weeks ago Young Dolph released the video for his track “100 Shots.” GCE will update this story as more facts emerge.