G-Unit Affiliate Questioned In Murder of Busta Rhymes
As previously reported, the NYPD is probing whether a heated dispute between G-Unit member Tony Yayo and Swizz Beatz during a Busta Rhymes video shoot in Brooklyn on Feb. 5 led to the fatal shooting of Rhymes' bodyguard Israel Ramirez.
According to The New York Daily News, Barja Walter, 30 , spent 12 hours at a pair of Brooklyn police stations on Friday after being hauled in after a traffic stop.
A police source close to the Daily News divulged that Walter isn't a suspect in Ramirez's murder but detectives wanted to find out if he knew anything about the argument between Yayo and Swizz Beatz.
"My lawyer put a stop to it," Walter told the Daily News after being released. "They're trying to question anyone affiliated with G-Unit."
Since Ramirez's shooting, Busta Rhymes, Yayo and other rappers who were at the aforementioned video shoot have refused to co-operate with the police.
"He could shed light in a number of shootings" said the police source, referring to Walter. "But he is hiding behind his lawyer".
Two weeks ago, a shootout occurred at a Queens, NY barbecue party which was purportedly attended by G-Unit's Lloyd Banks. An 18 year old male , who was the only hit during the shooting, was struck in the neck and is now paralyzed for life.
Banks has yet to be interrogated about the shootout.
In related news, Busta Rhymes will be releasing his Aftermath debut album this month. Titled The Big Bang , the album features appearances from Rick James, Nas, Stevie Wonder, Missy Elliot, Q-Tip and Raekwon, among others.
The Big Bang hits shelves on June 13.