The owner of a New York bar that rapper Remy Ma attended before an early morning shooting this morning (July 14) has issued a statement denying any altercation took place inside of the establishment.
Sasha Tcherevkoff is the owner of the Pizza Bar. He said that Remy Ma and an entourage were in the Pizza Bar, but denied reports that a dispute, which allegedly lead to a violent shooting, started inside of the bar.
"We've determined that no physical or verbal altercation whatsoever occurred inside Pizza Bar," Tcherevkoff said in a statement released today (July 14). "As far as we can determine the entire group behaved well, enjoyed themselves and there was no incident throughout the evening. We have been told by the officials close to the investigation that the genesis, the start of this altercation, happened outside of our establishment on 8th Avenue and 14th Street and had no connection whatsoever to Pizza Bar."
Remy Ma and a member of her entourage, Makeda Barnes-Joseph, became involved in a dispute over $2,000 outside of The Pizza Bar in Manhattan.
According to police, Barnes Joseph was entering her Nissan Maxima when Remy Ma got out of her SUV, opened the driver side door of the Maxima and shot Barnes Joseph twice in the torso.
Witnesses also identified Remy Ma as the shooter.
Barnes-Joseph, 23, suffered gunshot wounds to her lower torso. She was taken to Saint Vincent's Hospital and is in stable condition.
The Escalade fled and crashed into another vehicle a few blocks away from the scene of the shooting. All of the SUV's occupants escaped on foot.
Police have arrested several men that were in the Escalade. The men are currently being questioned about the shooting.
Police are still investigating the shooting, which took place around 4:00 am this morning.
Remy Ma, born Remy Smith, is being sought for questioning in connection with the shooting, although the actual shooter has yet to be identified.
Barnes-Joseph and Remy Ma grew up together
Tcherevkoff said that the Pizza Bar's surveillance cameras captured the entourage in the bar during the evening and that the videotapes have been turned over to authorities.
Remy Ma, 27, faces attempted murder charges if she is determined to be the shooter.