Oakland rapper Keak Da Sneak, famous for songs like “Tell Me When to Go” and “Deified,” is in critical condition after being shot multiple times on Monday (Aug. 21).
Law enforcement officials say that the 39-year-old rapper, born Charles Williams, was found at a closed down 76 Gas Station when police responded to shots being fired in the area at approximately 5:30 a.m. He was taken to a local hospital trauma center and no suspects have been identified, according to East Bay Times.
Richmond Police Lt. Felix Tan said that they are hoping to learn more about the case from Williams. “They’re working around the clock on this case,” he said. “We’re hoping to talk to the victim as soon as he gets recovered enough to speak with us.”
Keak reportedly performed at local venue Complex the night before the shooting. According to the venue’s general manager Oscar Edwards, he “put on a good show” before leaving with his wife and other relatives at about 11:30 p.m.
Fellow Bay Area MC Mistah F.A.B. commented on the case in a since-deleted Instagram post. “The big homie made it through surgery,” he said. “He did get shot, he’s not dead. Prayers and strength may go with him. We need to stop waiting ’til we hear news of something to show our appreciation for someone.
“When a man be going through his ups and downs and trials and tribulations, that’s when he needs his friends,” he added. “That’s when he needs his support. Not just when something drastic happens to a person…We gotta start loving each other while we here, man, giving each other roses while we’re here.”
In January, Keak was also shot after performing at Tracy’s The Venu, a local nightclub. Two days later, he performed with a cane. “You’ll never understand how valuable life is until it flash before ya eyes,” he said at the time. “Gods plan can never be determined by man an fa that I’m still livin an Can’t nothin on this earth stop me!”
This year has also brought legal woes for the hyphy rapper. In May, he was arrested on suspicion of probation violation. Last year, he was arrested on suspicion of evading a police officer and driving with a suspended license.