Cops to keep tabs on 50 Cent crowd
One man was killed in Toronto and another shot in Montreal following 50 Cent concerts, police said.
"Violent incidents have been known to occur at his shows," said Det.-Sgt. Doug Quan, of the gun and gangs task force. "There will be a contingent of plainclothes officers in attendance."
SHOT NINE TIMES
The rapper, who has been shot nine times, has been on a Canadian tour that will bring him to the CNE's Ricoh Coliseum in two days.
"We are there to monitor things and make sure no crimes occur," Quan said.
A Canada Customs rap unit also has flagged bandmembers and supporters with criminal records who may try to sneak into the country for the shows, police said.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was a crack and heroin dealer.
Known for his rapid-fire delivery, 50 Cent spits out rap interlaced with sounds of gunshots. His hits include Whattup Gangsta, Wanksta and P.I.M.P.
In 2003, Msemji Granger, 24, of Hamilton, was killed leaving the Molson Amphitheatre after a 50 Cent show. The gunmen fled in crowds attending fireworks at Ontario Place to celebrate Canada Day.
And in April last year, a man wearing a bulletproof vest was shot at a Montreal show.
The rapper, who was in Toronto last summer filming Get Rich Or Die Tryin', made front page news when Liberal MP Dan McTeague tried to have him barred from Canada because of his criminal record.
"I am really concerned and hope that no more blood is shed," McTeague said last week. "We want to ensure the safety of the community."