Miami Gardens, FL – Ten people were shot outside a restaurant where rapper French Montana was recording a music video on Friday night.
The video shoot was supposed to take place at a nearby KFC restaurant, but that plan was scrapped after an altercation broke out there, according to the Associated Press.
The video’s producers, whom police said did not obtain permits for the video shoot, then moved to soul food restaurant The Licking, which is located at a local strip mall.
Witness Kayla Sanchez told WTVJ she had just arrived at the scene to meet up with her boyfriend for the video shoot when she realized something was wrong.
“I just saw everybody running,” Sanchez said. “He said it was quiet and then all of a sudden 10 shots, 15 shots.”
Rapper Ced Mogul said he was present at the time of the shooting, CBS News reported.
“There were multiple shots fired,” he said. “It sounded like an assault rifle.”
Ced Mogul said the scene erupted into chaos in the wake of the shooting as people ran to get out of the line of fire, CBS News reported.
“When we heard the gunshots, people started running, some people had blood on their shirts, some people were crying on the ground,” he said.
The Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) responded to the scene on Northwest 27th Street shortly before 8 p.m. after receiving a ShotSpotter call at that location, WTVJ reported.
Miami-Dade Ride Rescue said a total of 10 people were injured in the shooting.
Several victims arrived at a nearby fire station, while others were found at the scene, according to CNN.
Six people were airlifted to the hospital, and four more were transported in private vehicles, WTVJ reported.
The wounded victims’ conditions were not immediately released, but no fatalities had been reported.
Investigators later confirmed an altercation involving members of the group had started at another location.
Ced Mogul said he was also present at the planned video shoot at the KFC, but that they moved it after someone was robbed, WTVJ reported.
“Our hearts are heavy and go out to the victims of this senseless act,” The Licking said in a statement to CNN. “We were not aware of a video being filmed and found out last min(ute) French Montana was shooting a scene in the back parking lot. We have no idea what actually took place. The Licking restaurant has nothing to do with the incident and has given police the necessary footage requested.”
Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt said French Montana and his crew violated city policy by failing to apply for the required permits for the video shoot, TMZ reported.
“As a result of this disregard of the procedures, the unauthorized music video production led to an unfortunate situation,” Chief Noel-Pratt said. “If the necessary agencies were notified ahead of time and protocol followed, police officers would have been in place to safeguard the community and assist with deterring and responding, if needed, to any situation that may arise.”
Police said no arrests had been made and that the investigation into the shooting remained ongoing, WTVJ reported.
The U.S. Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives have also been assisting with the investigation, according to CBS News.
Police urged anyone with any information about the incident to contact the MGPD right away.
French Montana, a Morocco native whose actual name is Karim Kharbouch, released a statement about the shooting on Twitter on Friday.
“Last night, I was in Miami celebrating the release of my CB6 mixtape w/ friends at a local restaurant,” he wrote. “We unfortunately were at the wrong place, at the wrong time when an incident took place that left people hurt. Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the victims & families at this time.”
He made no mention of the music video.
Last night, I was in Miami celebrating the release of my CB6 mixtape w/ friends at a local restaurant. We unfortunately were at the wrong place, at the wrong time when an incident took place that left people hurt. Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the victims & families at this time
— French Montana (@FrencHMonTanA) January 6, 2023
French Montana was shot in the head outside a New York City recording studio back in 2003, the Associated Press reported.
One of the gunmen ended up fatally shooting a second suspect by accident.
The rapper’s lead single, “Unforgettable,” from his 2017 “Jungle Rules” album, landed in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, according to the Associated Press.