Pretty Ricky rapper Baby Blue has reportedly been shot in an attempted robbery and is now in critical condition.
The rap artist, full name Ala Diamond Smith, was shot on Monday night in the parking lot of SPAREZ Bowling Alley in Davie, Florida, according to TMZ.
Baby Blue and a friend were said to be beside their vehicles when two male suspects approached and a physical altercation began.
Davie Police Department have revealed in a press release regarding an incident at this location on Monday night that two suspects were attempting to rob one of two unnamed victims of a gold chain necklace, during which one of the victims was shot in the area of their left shoulder.
The injured individual, who has been identified by TMZ as Baby Blue, has been taken to a nearby hospital and remains in critical condition.
It is unclear whether the two suspects absconded with the chain.
Both suspects were noted by police to be wearing hoodies, one black and one grey, with face coverings being worn by both suspects before they fled the scene before police arrived.
Davie Police Department are urging anyone with information to get in touch with them or the Broward Crime Stoppers.
The police department added in their statement: “It is believed there is no specific, outstanding threat to the community at this time.
“The shooting does not appear to be a random act of violence. This investigation is still active and ongoing, updates may be released as they become available.”
Rap star Baby Blue had been in the area to promote his new single, Jerry Rice, according to TMZ.
Pretty Rick is a hip-hop group that originated in Florida in 1997 and originally consisted of brothers Ala Diamond (Baby Blue) Smith and Spectacular Smith, along with Corey ‘Slick ‘Em’ Mathis and Marcus ‘Pleasure P’ Cooper.
Singer Pleasure P departed the group in 2007 and the line-up went through some changes until he returned to the group in 2015.
Last year, the group released their latest single, entitled Body.
At the end of March, Baby Blue shared a video from the Pretty Ricky official Instagram account with the message: “Good morning, how are you doing today? I’m feeling good, feeling great, feeling blessed…”
The Mirror has reached out to representatives of Baby Blue and Pretty Rick for comment on this story.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Davie Police Department in the US at +1 954-693-8200, or call Broward Crime Stoppers at +1 954-493-TIPS.