Alleged gang member arrested in Lil Wayne tour bus shooting

Alleged gang member arrested in Lil Wayne tour bus shooting

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Jimmy Carlton Winfrey (Credit: Cobb County Sheriff’s Office)

The man accused of firing multiple shots at rapper Lil Wayne’s tour buses on a metro Atlanta interstate in late April was booked into the Cobb County jail early Tuesday on a slew of charges that include making terroristic threats and being a member of a criminal gang involved in criminal activity.

Jimmy Carlton Winfrey, 25, of Atlanta, was trying to get higher status with his gang when the shots were fired at two buses traveling along on I-285 near I-75 on April 26, according to an arrest warrant.

About a dozen people were on the buses about 3 a.m. after a performance at the Compound nightclub on Brady Avenue, but no one was injured by the gunfire. It was not known if the rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, was aboard either of the buses.

Cobb jail records show that Winfrey was booked into the jail just after 2 a.m. Tuesday, and was being held without bond on multiple felony counts that also included aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Winfrey, who was convicted of drug possession in Florida in October and sentenced to two years probation, was also charged by Cobb police with two misdemeanors, reckless conduct and discharging a firearm on or near a public highway.

“Said accused did commit said act in order to gain status in his criminal organization by committing a high profile shooting of a rival rap artist,” according to Winfrey’s arrest warrant. “Said accused has associated himself with known blood gang members in the Atlanta area.”

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