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Buzzing rapper DaBaby has reportedly been cleared of all charges connected to a deadly shooting at a Walmart in Huntersville, NC, a suburb of Charlotte, last November.
According to The Charlotte Observer, the Charlotte rapper was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed gun. Reportedly, he was the only person arrested in connection to the killing of 19-year-old Jalyn Craig.
On Thursday (Mar. 28), prosecutors filed a motion in court to continue the case against DaBaby "because a key civilian witness was unavailable," according to the Charlotte District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Meghan McDonald.
A Mecklenburg County District Court Judge denied the motion, which resulted in the charges being dropped. "Without that witness, the State could not proceed, and as a result, dismissed the charge," McDonald said.
Days after the shooting, DaBaby took to Instagram to explain his involvement, and how it was a matter of self-defense. He alleged that on the night of Nov. 5, 2018, he was aggressively approached by two men while shopping with his family. Police responded to reports of shots inside the Huntersville Walmart.
"If them gunshots ain't go off, n-gga, my fucking daughter could've got hit, son could've got hit, me," he said. "Fucking lawyers telling me not to say something and shit, fuck all that. Two n-ggas walk down on you and your whole motherfucking family, threaten y'all, whip out on y'all, n-gga, let me see what y'all gon' too. You feel me?"
When authorities arrived at the store the night of the shooting, Craig was suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach and died on the scene. The "Suge" rapper claimed that the surveillance footage would corroborate his story. Four other people were taking into custody for questioning by the Huntersville Police Department.
So far, no one else has been charged in connection to the shooting death of Jalyn Craig.