“He is alive, most importantly,” Liberty told the Herald, emphasizing that Harden did nothing to provoke the attack. “This was not a shootout. He was a victim of a drive-by shooting,” she said.
The shooting remains under investigation.
TMZ was the first to report that the incident was the result of an apparent road-rage attack after the rapper left his recording studio in Miami.
Gunfire erupted about 3 a.m. Friday on the southbound stretch of Interstate 95, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
At least 22 shots were fired from an automatic weapon at the driver’s side of Harden’s vehicle, reportedly being driven by an associate who was also hit in the hip, TMZ reported. The wounded men pulled over and called police, and both were taken to a nearby hospital.
As of Monday, the shooter has not been identified and remains at large, Lt. Alejandro Camacho told the Herald, adding that investigators had no information about the suspect’s vehicle.
Camacho urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Florida Highway Patrol.
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