A bodyguard for Busta Rhymes was shot dead during a star-studded video shoot in New York. Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes and G-Unit members including Tony Yayo were scheduled to be filming on a ninth-floor soundstage in Brooklyn on Sunday (02.05.06) when trouble started.
Police Sergeant Kevin Farrell said the bodyguard, 29-year-old Israel Ramirez – a longer time member of the rapper’s entourage who recently started working security for Busta as his jewelry handler, was shot and killed shortly after midnight outside of the Kiss The Cactus Production studio in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, NY.
According to witnesses and the police, the shooting may have been the result of a dispute that began inside the building involving members of the film crew and a group of men who were interfering with the video shoot.
A crew member told The New York Times that the row began when the men ignored repeated requests to keep quiet.
“Words were exchanged, and they were not happy words.”
More than 500 people were gathered for the Busta Rhymes video, and it was unclear how many were outside when shots were fired. The married Brooklyn resident with three sons was just two days shy of his 30th birthday.
“We’re still stunned,” said a cousin of Ramirez outside of the Upper West Side home of the dead man’s mother. “Give us a little time.”
Ramirez’s ex-girlfriend, Stephanie Hires, said she had to break the news of his death to their 5-year-old son, Styles.
“When I told him, he said, ‘Why did God take my father away?’ ” Hires said. “I need someone to answer.”
Cops recovered a 9mm handgun that had been tossed over a fence near the shooting scene, as well as at least eight spent 9mm shells.
They took footage that had been shot for the video and were looking into whether security cameras outside the studio had captured the murder.
But they said their probe was hampered by the fact that they were having trouble contacting Rhymes, as well as 50 others they believe were at the studio when the shooting occurred.
More information via NY Post.