T.I.'s Crew "Returned Fire," Says Source
T.I. was in Cincinnati to perform and promote his new album King at Bogart's nightclub. After that performance, T.I. and members of his entourage headed to an after-hours party at Club Ritz, where a disagreement broke out, reportedly over money being thrown into the crowd. When vans carrying T.I.'s entourage attempted to leave, witnesses watched a group of unidentified people follow the vans in a large vehicle, after firing a shot at the club's parking lot. Shots were later fired into the two vans as they were driving southbound on I-75. Three men were wounded in one van. A woman traveling in the other van was also wounded. All four victims were taken to University Hospital. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, one of the men was escorted out of University Hospital before 7 a.m. by a police officer. The man had bandages on his arms.
While the names and conditions of the victims have not been released, officials have reported that one man is dead as the result of the shooting.
Members of Grand Hustle, T.I.'s label, may have returned fire in the incident. "Grand Hustle was doing it real big, throwing money and shit, so some niggas thought they could outshine them," a source said. "Words [were] exchanged; a little scuffle starts...Grand Hustle skates. Niggas give chase and was shooting at Tip's van; Tip's team returned fire and Philant got hit." While it has not been confirmed, sources say that it was Philant, T.I.'s personal assistant, who was killed in the incident. T.I. fans may remember lyrics mentioning Philant in his song "U Don't Know Me": "Every week meet at Philant's restaurant and eat free." Representatives for T.I. could not be reached for comment at press time.