A Memphis-based rapper, who is being named a person of interest in an Arkansas club shooting that injured 28 people, has left Birmingham and is traveling to Arkansas.
According to inmate records kept at the Jefferson County Jail, The 25-year-old Ricky Hampton was freed at about 2:30 a.m. on Friday. As of early this week, court documents show that Hampton, better known by his stage moniker Finesse 2Tymes, agreed to be extradited to Arkansas.
Having been captured on July 2 by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the ATF, and the FBI at the Side Effects club on Second Avenue North, Hampton was being detained in the Jefferson County Jail on a fugitive from justice warrant. Hampton was headlining a gig there that Saturday night.
In addition to being wanted for a gunshot that occurred early Saturday morning at the Power Ultra Lounge, a two-story bar near the State Capitol, Hampton was wanted on aggravated assault charges out of Forrest City, Arkansas. Aside from Hampton, he was the main attraction at that concert.
After the incident in the nightclub, police began looking for Hampton and labeled him a suspect. Little Rock police had traveled to Birmingham to question Hampton but said on Twitter the case was an active investigation and no other information could be provided at the moment.
According to reports out of Arkansas, the club was packed when a shooting broke out at 2:30 a.m., as an emcee was giving a speech during a break in the music. In a span of 10 seconds, almost 30 gunfire went out, sending terrified citizens running for safety.
Police claimed 25 sustained gunshot wounds and three more had other injuries in the attack. Police suspect the gunshot came from an argument among clubgoers and those multiple persons with firearms were fired.