Bryan “Birdman” Williams and his label’s new artist, Jeffrey “Young Thug” Williams, have been named as the masterminds – though they have not been not charged – behind the gunfire incident in Atlanta involving Lil Wayne’s tour buses in April.
Jimmy Winfrey, an associate of Young Thug and signed as well into Birdman’s Cash Money Records, was charged as the gunman.
According to a report by Atlanta’s ABC affiliate, WSB-TV, Winfrey was seen driving a white Camaro with some members of the Blood gang. Winfrey allegedly followed Wayne’s tour buses onto Interstate 285 from Atlanta Road in Cobb County.
The white sports car drove close to the buses, which carried other Young Money rappers and executives, and fired some shots at them using.40 caliber and 9mm handheld firearms.
Winfrey was confirmed to have called Young Thug before the gunfire incident while a police officer stationed nearby claims to have noticed an assault rifle in Winfrey’s sports car.
Atlanta police also claimed that Winfrey, who escaped via the freeway after firing shots at the tour buses, contacted Birdman around the time of the incident.
Part of the evidence that ties Winfrey to Young Thug and Birdman was the former’s appearance in Young Thug’s video, which contained aggressive language and threats directed at Wayne.
The video, which was released shortly after the shooting, showed Winfrey brandishing a rifle at the camera, and authorities believed it was the same firearm used in the gunfire incident.
Additionally, Winfrey had previously posted a photo of a white Camaro similar to the one he had driven during the incident on Instagram.
Winfrey tried to hide the car in Miami, but the cops were able to recover it.
Though Birdman and Wayne were good friends before, and Weezy even previously considered Birdman as a father figure, the shooting incident apparently was sparked by issues in mismanagement of Wayne’s album, The Carter 6.
Wayne sued Birdman and Cash Money for $51 million and expressed his intent to leave the label.
Wayne also ranted at Birdman on Twitter, claiming he wanted to cut ties with Birdman and his label.
I want off this label and nothing to do with these people but unfortunately it ain’t that easy
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 4, 2014
Birdman was featured in Young Thug’s Barter 6 opening track, which appeared to be named after Wayne’s The Carter albums.
Reports claimed that Young Thug’s album was supposedly entitled Carter 6, to which Wayne’s team vehemently opposed.
Meanwhile, Young Thug is also facing other legal problems as he was arrested for threatening to kill a security guard at a mall last Wednesday.
Police also recovered illegal drugs and firearms from the rapper’s home and slapped him with more charges.
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