Jay-Z was arrested for
illegal gun possession near a Manhattan nightclub early Friday,
The rapper, whose
real name is Shawn Carter, was arrested with three other men
shortly after 3 a.m. when a loaded handgun was found in their
car, said a police spokeswoman, officer Cheryl Cox.
say they saw a man armed with a gun getting into the 2001
Chevy Suburban outside Club Exit in the Hells Kitchen neighborhood
on the West Side. Cox did not know which man was carrying
the car less than a block away and found the gun, and the
four passengers were charged with third-degree criminal possession
of a weapon, Cox said.
Along with Carter,
31, police arrested Hamzah Hewitt, 39, Romero Chambers, 43,
and Tyran Smith, 28. The four were scheduled to be arraigned
was not Carter’s first run-in with law. He was indicted last
January for allegedly stabbing a record executive during a
The rapper’s “Vol.
2 … Hard Knock Life” won the Grammy for best rap album
The arrest comes
less than a month after a jury acquitted rap mogul Sean “Puffy”
Combs and his bodyguard, Anthony “Wolf” Jones, of gun possession
and bribery charges from a Dec. 27, 1999, shooting inside
another Manhattan nightclub. Three people were injured.