Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci surrenders after dropping new music video

Rayshawn Bennett turned himself in to police Wednesday evening on murder, gang and weapons charges.

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Rayshawn Bennett turned himself in to police Wednesday evening on murder, gang and weapons charges.

An Atlanta rapper facing a murder charge in connection with a deadly shootout turned himself in to police Wednesday evening — but not before releasing his latest music video.

YFN Lucci, whose real name is Rayshawn Bennett, was booked into the Fulton County Jail shortly before 11 p.m., Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer TaSheena Brown told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bennett surrendered hours after releasing the video for the song “Rolled On” to his Instagram and Twitter accounts. The video was posted the day after Atlanta police announced he was wanted on murder, gang and weapons charges following a Dec. 10 shooting that left one man dead and another injured in southwest Atlanta.

Atlanta attorney Thomas Reynolds declined to comment on the rapper’s latest charges other than to say, “Every person has a presumption of innocence.”

Emails requesting comment from Bennett’s record label weren’t immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.

James Adams, 28, was discovered with a gunshot wound to the head last month in the 900 block of Peeples Street, the AJC previously reported. Emergency crews were called to the scene about 5:10 p.m., but Adams later died.

A short time later, a second gunshot victim arrived at a nearby fire station with a wound to the abdomen, authorities said. The 32-year-old survived his injuries, but investigators determined the shootings were related.

According to the police report, the shootout occurred in the 900 block of Dimmock Street and Adams’ body was dropped off nearby. Officers found multiple shell casings at the scene.

Two other suspects, 23-year-old Ra’von Boyd and 17-year-old Leroy Pitts, were arrested on similar charges in Miami for their alleged roles in last month’s shooting, Atlanta police said Tuesday in a news release.

Investigators have not released any additional details about what led to the shooting or said exactly how many people were involved. On Tuesday, police announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the rapper’s arrest.

Dozens of people referenced Bennett’s wanted status after his latest video was posted to his social media accounts.

“They looking for you my boy,” one person wrote. Another said, “Ion think you wanna drop a song rn bro. Bad timing.”

Bennett, 29, graduated from Atlanta’s Crim High School in 2009 and is best known for his songs “Key to the Streets” and “Everyday We Lit.”

Prior to Wednesday evening, Bennett had been arrested three times in Fulton County since 2009, online records show. His previous charges included drug possession, driving under the influence of drugs and theft by receiving stolen property.

Court records appear to show Bennett’s drug charges ended in pre-trial diversion, though he did enter a negotiated plea to a reckless driving charge in late 2016 and received 12 months’ probation. The theft by receiving charge was ultimately dismissed.

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