Jul 3 - Men Fire Into Nightclub Crowd In Gainesville, Rapper Plies, Associates Arrested

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Jul 3 - Men Fire Into Nightclub Crowd In Gainesville, Rapper Plies, a.ssociates Arrested
 

 
Five men, including Slip-N-Slide rapper Plies were arrested in conjunction with a nightclub shooting early today (July 2) at a 238 West Nightclub in Gainesville, Florida.

According to police Plies, of Fort Meyers and Baton Rouge, Louisiana rapper Lil' Boosie were headlining a show at the club.

As Plies and an entourage were performing, a dispute allegedly broke out with promoters over stage time.

Witnesses said two men a.ssociated with Plies, Ronell Lawrence Lavatte, 31, and Tory Denard Carnegie, fired three rounds of bullets into a sold-out crowd of over 1,000 people, striking five men from the Gainseville area.

Police blocked the rapper and the shooters at gunpoint to prevent them from fleeing the scene.

Lavatte and Carnegie have been charged with multiple counts of attempted murder, while Keon D. Mcrae and Plies, born Algernod Lanier Washington, were both charged with illegal possession of concealed weapons.

The five victims suffered non-life threatening injuries and are expected to recover.

Plies is preparing his debut for Big Gates/Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic titled The Real N***a Bible. Plies also recently released "I Wanna" featuring R&B crooner, Akon.

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 12 years ago '04        #2
kidd247 9 heat pts
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damn, I live right down the street from 238..havent heard about this
 07-03-2006, 05:04 PM         #3
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that is some crazy sh*t
 12 years ago '04        #4
kidd247 9 heat pts
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yeah, Jock (club/event promoter) said he's keeping the club open..the next 3 weeks are sold out concerts. I wonder if anyones actually going to show up?..heres the full article also:

5 shot in downtown club during rap show

By TIFFANY PAKKALA

Sun staff writer


July 03. 2006 6:01AM

The shooting of five concert-goers in a downtown Gainesville nightclub early Sunday morning has 238 West promoter Jonathan Corey Smith vowing to make some changes.

Smith said he usually worries about keeping musicians safe from spectators, but he plans to start protecting the crowd from the performers, too.

Gainesville police have their doubts the club will do enough and pledge to step up their presence near 238 West to avert a similar incident.

Fifteen minutes before closing time, bullets sprayed into a sold-out crowd of about 1,000 people gathered to see rapper Plies and one other performer. Witnesses told police that members of the Tampa rapper's entourage had pulled their weapons and began firing.

Police went to the group's car nearby and arrested four men, including Plies.

The rapper, whose real name is Algernod Lanier Washington, was performing "street rap" in the club at 238 W. University Ave. when his microphone was cut off so Louisiana rapper Lil Boosie could perform. It was 1:45 a.m., and Washington's performance was running long.

Washington was enraged, according to Smith, and a f!ght that started with shouting and fists ended when at least six rounds of bullets were fired.

Many in the crowd immediately dropped to the ground, others ran out of the club so fast that their shoes were left behind.

Two men in Washington's entourage, including his brother Ronell Lawrence Lavatte, 31, of Cape Coral, and Tory Denard Carnegie, 21, of Fort Myers, were charged with attempted murder, each accused of firing at least three rounds. Washington, 30, and Keon D. McRae, 21, of Cape Coral, were charged with illegal possession of a concealed weapon after police found five loaded firearms and additional rounds of armor-piercing ammunition in a vehicle they were riding in.

No one received life-threatening injuries, however all five of the people shot - all Gainesville residents - were taken to Shands at the University of Florida for treatment. Among them were Billy Dee Williams, who was shot in the neck; Steve Ruben Jean-Jaques, who was shot in the foot; Edwin Devasco Faircloth, who was shot in the stomach; Michael Lamar Daymon, who was shot in the arm; and Dorian Shannel Johnson, whose cheek was grazed by a bullet.

Gainesville Police spokesman Sgt. Keith Kameg said the four men implicated in the shooting fled to their Buick LaCrosse immediately afterward, but were unable to leave because six policemen - including one on horseback - surrounded them and held them at gunpoint.

Smith, known as Jock Smooth at the club, said he always has his security guards pat people down and check their purses before admitting them. But performers are in and out of the back doors as they bring in their equipment, so they easily could have smuggled the weapons in.

"I just never thought we'd have to really, really scrutinize an artist. From now on, we're going to have to start checking their crates, maybe we'll even get metal detectors," Smith said. He said he plans to boycott Plies and his music altogether, and he hopes the city of Gainesville does the same.

Smith said promoters from all over the state called him Sunday, shocked with the news of the shootings.

GPD's Kameg said Smith initially did not cooperate with police and that the club's security was not sufficient.

"Obviously adequate security wasn't there when so many people inside the club had weapons," he said. "It was basically a group of 3-year-olds f!ghting over a toy, but with ammunition that could cut through police vests."

Plies is touted as an up-and-coming musician in some rap magazines, including this month's edition of XXL, which ran a full-page photo of him and called him "Florida rap's next biggest thing." He entered the music world with his single "Tell Dem Crackers Dat" in 2003 and more recently accompanied the musician Trina in her song "So Fresh."

Kim Johnson, whose niece Dorian Johnson's face was grazed by a bullet, said the young woman spent Saturday shopping with her for an outfit to wear to that night's concert. The aunt didn't know her niece had been shot until she heard her name on Sunday evening's television news.

GPD's Kameg said the shooting capped what was already a busy night for GPD officers.

Earlier in the night, at about 11 p.m., two officers tried to approach a stopped Hyundai that was blocking traffic near the intersection of University Avenue and Main Street. Kameg said the occupants appeared to have open containers of alcohol in the car, and when police asked them to roll down their windows, driver Floyd Jenkins Jr., 25, of Gainesville, stepped on the gas and nearly struck Officer Robert Kennedy.

Jenkins was arrested and charged with attempted murder. During a pursuit of the men in the vehicle, passenger Charles Bradley, 27, of Gainesville, was seen throwing away a half-ounce of crack cocaine, and he was arrested for possessing the drug, Kameg said.

At about midnight, police arrested Jerome Wright, 24, of Gainesville, on accusations of possessing seven grams of marijuana and two handguns in a vehicle on NW 3rd Street.

And at about 1:30 a.m., police arrested one of three suspects in a mugging at 400 S. Main St. Kameg said Reginald Baker, 25, of Gainesville, was charged with knocking a bicyclist to the ground and taking his wallet. He said police know the names of two other suspects in the mugging.

Minutes after the mugging, calls came in for the shooting at 238 West. Kameg credited GPD's regular midnight crews, Party Patrol units and others who were able to respond quickly to the incidents. He said the suspects may have gotten away if it hadn't been for the police's policy of having a presence downtown when bars let out at 2 a.m.

With more sold-out shows looming in the weeks ahead at the nightclub on the corner of W. University Avenue and W. 3rd Street, Kameg said the venue's security will be a top priority for GPD. He said it's the club's responsibility to keep it safe, but that GPD can "basically turn it into a police state" if they need to.

As for the nightclub itself, Smith said the only thing in need of repair is the club's reputation, and he plans to prove it's a safe place.

It will be open as usual this weekend on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and there's sold-out hip-hop shows scheduled for the next three weekends.

Tiffany Pakkala can be reached at 338-3111 or .
 12 years ago '04        #5
mt fuji 17 heat pts17
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plies get a lot of love in florida,but errrrybody knows his story ain't true


n*gga said he had 7 indictments.....7 n*gga who u foolin??


u know u fu*ked up when u gotta pay n*ggas to get on stage wit u,he payin 100% real n*ggas to be on stage thats funny

heard his town even tellin n*ggas he ain't live it
 12 years ago '04        #6
kidd247 9 heat pts
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 mt fuji said:
plies get a lot of love in florida,but errrrybody knows his story ain't true


n*gga said he had 7 indictments.....7 n*gga who u foolin??


u know u fu*ked up when u gotta pay n*ggas to get on stage wit u,he payin 100% real n*ggas to be on stage thats funny

heard his town even tellin n*ggas he ain't live it
I dunno..I havent heard of dude up until now. but still, I dont see why they fired into the crowd at random? maybe n*ggas was throwin bottles or somn?
 12 years ago '04        #7
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dumb n*ggaz man.... they have their careers ahead of them and all they can argue about is some stage time... das some real dumb sh*t....
 07-04-2006, 09:16 AM         #8
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what the hell is going on? What is up with people....they need to slow their roll man....firing shots just like...u cant be safe anywhere!! And that's just not cool



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 12 years ago '06        #9
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serious rappers wheres trick daddy
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It amazes me that some n*ggas think that he's lyrical...

I've given him too many chances

he's wack as fu*k

but big ups to his producers because some of his beats is nice tho
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it gets crazy and crazier
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