Details Emerge In Cassidy Shooting

Rising rapper Cassidy was

denied bail, after surrendering to authorities to face homicide, weapons offenses,

reckless endangerment and other charges stemming from an April 15 shooting that

left one man dead in Philadelphia.

Details are starting to

emerge in the shooting, with accounts varying. While the police claim an earlier

altercation in Cassidy’s West Oak Lane neighborhood was at the root of

the brazen shootout, others in the neighborhood claimed Cassidy and the man

gunned down were friends.

Police said an

investigation revealed that Cassidy was one of three men that allegedly shot

up a vehicle behind a row house that the 22-year-old rapper was living in.

The vehicle contained three

passengers and the shooting spree seriously wounded two of the men and fatally

wounded 22-year-old Desmond Hawkins, who was shot in the back.

Police said that Cassidy

and Hawkins had an altercation earlier in the day, citing that a neighborhood

rivalry could have been at the heart of the dispute.

Hawkins and Cassidy allegedly

exchanged hostile words earlier in the day, causing the shoot-out later that

night.

"There were a lot of

people who witnessed this, looking out of their windows," Homicide Detective

Ed Rocks told the Philadelphia Daily News. "There were casings all over

the place out there."

Police recovered over 25

shell cases and witnesses said they saw a dozen men in black hoodies fleeing

from the scene after the shooting.

Local residents

told the Philadelphia Daily News that contrary to what the police have stated,

Cassidy and Hawkins were friends and that Hawkins is even featured in Cassidy’s

DVD, “Back to Basics.”

Police are still

seeking Abdul West, 23 and another unidentified man.

Cassidy is currently incarcerated

at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, which ironically housed another

major Philadelphia rapper, Beanie Sigel.

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