Cam'ron was shot during an attempted carjacking in Washington, D.C. on October 22, 2005. He was driving a blue Lambourghini and, according to friends, wore $200,000 worth of jewelry, when a burgandy SUV pulled up alongside him. An armed man jumped out, and while Cam'ron attempted to speed away, fired into the car, hitting the rapper in both arms.

After the shooting, when asked for a quote while leaving Howard University Hospital, Cam'ron famously said "I got shot three times and my album comes out November 22."