Rick Ross Target of Attempted Drive-By Shooting, but 50 Cent Has His Doubts

Celebrity News Jan. 29, 2013 AT 6:00AM
Rick Ross arrives at the Beats by Dr. Dre CES after-party at the Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on January 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rick Ross arrives at the Beats by Dr. Dre CES after-party at the Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on January 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Credit: Isaac Brekken/Getty

For most of us, hitting a nightclub until the wee morning hours would be enough excitement for one night, but rapper Rick Ross got an extra dose when he was the target of an attempted drive-by shooting early Monday morning.

The eccentric musician had spent the night celebrating his 37th birthday at club LIV in Miami, and later, while driving down swanky Las Olas Boulevard with his fashion designer girlfriend Sateria Moragne-el, shots were fired in the direction of the couple’s 2011 silver Rolls Royce, causing Ross to lose control of the vehicle and crash into an apartment building, according to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

Neither Ross, who lives in the nearby town of Davie, Florida, nor 28-year-old Moragne-el were injured and the suspects fled the scene prior to the police’s arrival, according to the report.

Prior to the crash, while partying at LIV, Ross was clearly having a good time, and kept his more than 2 million Twitter followers posted with tweets like “Lotta $$$$ in CLUB LIV TONIGHT” and “3 blunts lit a once.”

Speaking of blunts, Ross has had a few brushes with the law around marijuana. In January 2008 he was arrested on marijuana and gun possession charges in Florida and, three years later, was arrested again for marijuana possession in Shreveport, Louisiana, after complaints were made that the smell of the drug was coming from his hotel room and police found marijuana in his room.

But while Ross (real name: William Roberts) has played up gang connections as part of his public persona, during his 2008 deposition his lawyer successfully proved he wasn’t involved with the Carol City Cartel as he had claimed. A transcript from the deposition obtained by The Smoking Gun shows that when Ross’ lawyer asked a Miami Beach police officer why Ross’ case had been assigned to a gang task force he replied, “Because your client claims affiliation with Carol City Cartel and other known gang members” but then admitted he had no proof of any gang affiliations, no members from the Carol City gang had ever claimed he was a member, and he had never been arrested in Miami-Dade County before. Adding to Ross’ “damaged” reputation, photos surfaced that showed he had actually worked as a correctional officer.

At least one fellow hip-hop artist (and admitted Ross hater), 50 Cent, thinks that the crash might have been fake … perhaps part of a scheme by Ross to try seem more gangster?

“Hahaha fat boy hit the building?lol,” he tweeted on Monday, along with a photo of the crashed car. “it looks staged to me. No hole's in da car.”

Maybe the shooters just had bad aim?

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