New video surveillance has emerged from a 2018 Walmart shooting that left a man dead and it contradicts rapper Dababy’s claim that he killed the man in self-defence.
The new video of the shooting, released by Rolling Stone, shows the rapper was the aggressor.
In 2018, DaBaby, born Jonathan Kirk, shot Craig in a Charlotte, NC Walmart.
He claimed self defense, and charges were never brought against him.
DaBaby said that Craig and his friend Henry Douglas were threatening him and his family.
“Daughter could have got hit, son could have got hit,” DaBaby said on Instagram after the event. “Lawyers … telling me not to say nothing … But two [people] walk down on you and your whole … family, threatening y’all, whip out [a gun] on y’all, let me see what y’all going to do.”
But the new video appears to show DaBaby instigating the fight.
According to Henry Douglas, who witnessed the incident, the shooting began with him and Craig recognizing DaBaby at the Walmart. Both men then got into a conversation about whether or not it was really the rapper.
DaBaby claims he perceived this as the two stalking him in an attempt to start something.
“They’re trying to get me to provoke them so they could pull a gun out,” DaBaby told police at the time.
In the newly-released video, DaBaby is seen confronting Craig and Douglas. The two turn away from DaBaby, only for the rapper to begin “striking him in the head and nearly tackling him to the ground.”
DaBaby described that attack as trying to “get the jump on” the two.
The video, which complicates DaBaby’s self-defense claim, appears to show Craig begin to pull a firearm out. He then appears to put the gun back before DaBaby pulls out his own weapon, shooting Craig in the side. Craig was declared dead in Walmart less than an hour later.
Although DaBaby was never charged with the killing of Craig, he was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon in connection to the incident. He was sentenced to 12 months probation and a suspended jail sentence.
Shortly after the shooting, DaBaby was signed to Interscope Records.
Watch the video below.
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