Police: Man shot Lil Wayne’s tour buses for gang status

Police: Man shot Lil Wayne’s tour buses for gang status

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Lil Wayne’s tour buses were shot several times while driving on I-285 in Cobb County on April 26, 2015, authorities said. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

The man accused of firing multiple shots at rapper Lil Wayne’s tour buses was trying to get higher status with his gang, according to his arrest warrant.

Jimmy Carlton Winfrey, 25, of Atlanta, has been charged with numerous felonies, but was not in custody Thursday afternoon, Cobb County jail records showed.

No one was injured on April 26 when multiple shots were fired at two buses traveling on I-285 near I-75, according to Atlanta and Cobb police. About a dozen people were on the buses around 3 a.m. after a performance at the Compound nightclub on Brady Avenue, police previously said. It was not known if the rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, was aboard either of the buses.

On May 21, Cobb police secured an arrest warrant for Winfrey, charging him with aggravated assault, terroristic threats and acts, criminal damage, possession of a firearm by a felon, criminal gang activity, reckless conduct and discharging a weapon near the street.

Winfrey was allegedly driving when he fired the shots from his vehicle, causing more than $20,000 worth of damage to the buses, according to police. He allegedly fired the shots to gain “street cred,” police said.

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

In October, Winfrey was convicted of drug possession in Florida and sentenced to two years on probation, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

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