Rapper Big Boogie is among 24 people who have been arrested following a highway shooting in Mississippi.
The incident occurred on Interstate 55 near the town of Coldwater, just south of the Tennessee border, shortly before 1 pm Thursday. One man was shot and injured inside of his car.
Officers rushed to the scene where they surrounded a ‘caravan of vehicles’, before arresting 21 people. They additionally impounded four cars.
Three more people were taken into custody at a separate location.
Big Boogie, real name John Lotts, 24, is based in Memphis, Tennessee, and has previously hit headlines over a separate shooting incident.
In July of last year, two people were fatally shot at a Big Boogie concert in Como, Mississippi. Two men were subsequently arrested and charged.
The rapper has a hit track titled ‘Murder 4 Me’.
The victim of Thursday’s shooting, who is in a stable condition, has not been publicly identified.
However, officers have confirmed that they recovered a firearm, sums of cash and ‘felony amounts of narcotics’ inside his vehicle.
One of the passengers inside the car has been confirmed to be a convicted felon.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics are leading the investigation. No charges have yet been filed.
Police confirmed to The Panolian that several of those arrested were members of Big Boogie’s ‘posse’ or ‘entourage’.
Big Boogie was scheduled to perform at a BlackSpringBreak event in the town of Biloxi.
The rapper, who boasts almost 250,000 followers on Instagram, is signed with CMG Records.
A biography from his official website states that he was born in Louisiana and was one of 11 children ‘raised mostly below the poverty line’.
Big Boogie’s father died when he was young, prompting the youngster to enter the rap scene.
‘I got into music out of necessity. I needed money,’ he is quoted as saying in the autobiography.