Variety reported that rapper Tory Lanez had been charged with assault in a shooting tied to rapper and singer Megan Thee Stallion. He was arrested July 12 for possession of a concealed weapon after being pulled over by the Los Angeles Police Department, as reported by The Inquisitr.
The charges brought forth on Thursday, October 8, were listed in an announcement released by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.
"Daystar Peterson aka Tory Lanez (dob 7/27/92) was charged today in case BA490599 with one felony count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm — personal use of a firearm — and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. The defendant also faces a gun allegation and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury," the statement read in part.
His arraignment is scheduled for October 13, with Deputy District Attorney Kathy Ta of the Family Violence Division prosecuting the case. If convicted, the 28-year old Toronto native could face up to 22 years and eight months in state prison.
The ADA's release lists a 25-year old victim in the case, but does not explicitly name the singer. While authorities have not confirmed the victim is indeed Megan Thee Stallion, the felony complaint named a Megan P. and the entertainer's real name is Megan Pete.
The incident took place in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. Following a verbal altercation, the "WAP" star attempted to exit Lanez's vehicle when he opened fire, allegedly shooting at the ground around her feet.
Police arrived at the scene at approximately 4:30 a.m. and arrested Lanez. Footage shows an injured Megan Thee Stallion walking away from the vehicle while he got arrested and another passenger from the car laid spread-eagle on the ground. Lanez posted bail and was released two hours later on $35,000 bail.
To dispel rumors that she too had been arrested, Megan Thee Stallion posted on her Instagram, explaining "the police officers drove me to the hospital where I underwent surgery to remove the bullets."
At first, she confirmed the attack but declined to share the name of her attacker. She later revealed Lanez as her shooter in a video on her Instagram. The clip, along with photos originally posted of her injuries, have since been deleted.
In September, Lanez released a 17-track album denying the allegations. Songs included titles such as "Friends Become Strangers," and "Sorry But I Had To..." According to Vulture, many critics refused to review the album, disappointed and furious that the rapper had chosen to use his platform to justify an attack on a black woman.