Rapper Beanie Sigel was shot this morning in Pleasantville, N.J., and was being treated for a “life-threatening injury,” police said.
Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, was found about 9:25 a.m. inside a home on the 800 block of Spruce Ave.
A bullet had hit Sigel’s abdomen and exited through his back, said Pleasantville Chief Jose Ruiz.
Ruiz said investigators were waiting to question Sigel about the shooting. Another injured man found at the home was uncooperative. The second man, who refused medical treatment, was believed to be a friend or relative of Sigel’s, Ruiz said.
“He hasn’t offered anything,” Ruiz said, “and we’re waiting for Mr. Sigel to be able to speak to us.”
Investigators found ammunition and bullet casings outside the home.
It was unclear who shot Sigel or what he had been doing in Pleasantville, a community across the bay from Atlantic City.
Sigel, 40, has had a long history with the law. In 2003, the rapper was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault after allegedly firing six shots at a nightclub door. Two people were injured. He was later aquitted. In 2005, he served 10 months in prison on weapons counts.
In 2006, Sigel was shot multiple times during a robbery in Philadelphia but was able to drive himself to a hospital for treatment.
In August, he moved to a halfway house after serving a two-year federal prison term for tax evasion. Sigel had been scheduled to be released from the halfway house tomorrow.
Two weeks before he was scheduled to report to the federal prison – and hours after the release of his sixth album, This Time – Sigel was arrested on drug and gun charges during a traffic stop on I-95 in Delaware County. He later pleaded guilty to possessing a controlled substance.
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