Just days before Christmas, a well-known rapper in the Chicago area, King Louie, was shot in the head while riding in a car. How scary.
King Louie, 27, was nearly killed by a terrifying act of gun violence on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 23, in the Ashburn area of Chicago, Illinois. The rapper is known for his 2012 Grammy nominated work with Kanye West, as well as being an advocate against gun violence in his hometown.
Sadly, rapper King Louie was shot in the left side of his head in the middle of the afternoon as he drove through the streets of Chicago, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The report claims the incident occurred around 3:30pm, which means the “Chiraq” rapper was shot in broad daylight. Just awful.
Thankfully, King Louie, whose real name is Louis Johnson Jr., survived the near-fatal injury. His manager later confirmed that he was awake and even talking in the hospital, which is great news for Louie and his family. Unfortunately he will likely remain in the hospital throughout the Christmas holiday.
There is no word on whether or not the police have a suspect in the shooting.
For those of you unfamiliar with King Louie, he recently worked on an anti-gun violence campaign which included a music video for “Put The Guns Down.” It also featured other well-known Chicago rappers like Common, and they hoped to encourage youth to steer clear of gun violence.
King Louie was also nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for helping to write Kanye West’s “New Slaves,” and was also featured on the Yeezus album in “Send It Up.”
Our thoughts remain with King Louie and his friends and family during this very difficult time.