SpotemGottem Victim of Drive-By Shooting, in Hospital

19-year-old Jacksonville, Florida rapper SpotemGottem has been hospitalized after he was a victim of a drive-by shooting on Friday morning in Miami.


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 27: SpotemGottem attends the BET Awards 2021 at Microsoft Theater on June 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)


Florida rapper SpotemGottem has been hospitalized after he was a victim of a drive-by shooting on Friday.

Per his legal counsel, “SpotemGottem was the victim of a drive-by shooting this morning, leaving the studio.” 

TMZ reports that law enforcement sources indicate the shooting took place around 3 a.m. local time on Friday. Another car pulled up alongside his and opened fired. SpottemGottem suffered gunshot wounds to both legs, while the driver was shot in the hip. The car he was riding in was reportedly shot at least 22 times on the driver’s side. 

The rapper is in a stable condition, and is expected to make a full recovery, per his manager. The rapper’s legal counsel also told Complex he is “out of surgery. He is in stable condition.”

Best known for his booming track “Beat Box,” which was followed by a series of remixes including one from DaBaby, the rapper was thrust into the spotlight earlier this year thanks to a TikTok trend. The “Junebug Challenge” was one of the many dance crazes to sweep the social video app, with people performing the titular dance to “Beat Box.” Everyone from Lil Baby to Kevin Hart got involved.

The rapper was arrested in July on Felony gun charges. He was taken into custody at a hotel in Aventura, Florida, where officers reportedly found him lying in bed next to an AK-47. Authorities had executed on a warrant for his arrest in connection with an incident in Miami Beach, during which he allegedly pulled a gun on a parking garage attendant. 

Earlier this month, an attorney for the 19-year-old called out the Dallas Police Department for sharing “reckless, false statements” about the him in connection with an ongoing murder investigation.

Dallas Homicide Detective Patty Belew was named in the statement from his attorney, who revealed that there are plans to file a lawsuit against the police department.

“The libelous statements made by Det. Belew originated from her misunderstanding about a YouTube ‘rap video’ (in fact, a livestream) that Det. Belew claimed was about the death of Reginald Agnew, Jr and taunted the Dallas Police Department," the statement read.

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