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Little Rock nightclub shooting: Federal authorities seized weapons during arrest of rapper Finese2Tymes

July 2, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Little Rock nightclub shooting:  Federal authorities seized weapons during arrest of rapper Finese2Tymes

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Federal authorities in Alabama say they recovered several weapons including an assault rifle and two handguns in a vehicle during the arrest of Memphis rapper Finese2Tymes, whose concert in Little Rock was the site of a shooting that left 28 people injured.

The U.S. Marshals Service says Finese2Tymes, who’s real name is Ricky Hampton of Memphis, Tennessee was arrested early Sunday on charges unrelated to the nightclub shooting in Little Rock.

Feds arrested the rapper at a club in Birmingham, Alabama where he was performing.

Little Rock Police officials say several firearms seized by federal authorities when Hampton was arrested on aggravated assault with gun charges from Forrest City in eastern Arkansas.

Prison records from the Tennessee Department of Corrections show a Ricky Hampton with the same date of birth and a similar appearance was released from prison in August 2016 after serving six years for aggravated robbery.

Officials say the firearms will be sent to a crime lab in Arkansas to determine whether they were used in the shooting at the Power Ultra Lounge.

Little Rock Police Lt. Steven McClanahan also indicated the rapper would be extradited to Arkansas so police can interview him.

Twenty-five individuals between 16-35-years-old sustained gunshot wounds during the shooting at the Power Ultra Lounge in Little Rock early Saturday.

Ricky Hampton (Jefferson County Jail)

Three others were wounded, perhaps while attempting to escape, Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner stated. Two individuals were listed in critical condition o Saturday.

Courtney Swanigan, 23, told The Associated Press that when the shots were fired, “I closed my eyes, got down and put my hands on my head.”

City officials indicated that they would work Monday to shut down the club under a “criminal abatement” program. The club’s liquor license has since been suspended.

On Saturday, a rep for the landlord’s office posted an eviction notice the club’s door. The notice added that the club must vacate the property within three days “due to failure to maintain the premises in a safe condition.”

Mayor Mark Stodola asserted the city must “keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people” and added that people should refuse to attend clubs that promote violence. Material promotions for the concert by rapper Finese2Tymes depicted a man pointing a firearm at a camera.

“A video with a gun on the cover inviting people to a concert … should also be unacceptable in our community,” the mayor added.

The shooting finished off a violent week in Arkansas’ largest city. Authorities had responded to a dozen drive-by shootings over the course of nine days.

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