Over the weekend, we were all shocked to learn that rapper and reality star Benzino, real name Raymond Scott, had been shot on his way to his mother’s funeral.
We now know that it was Benizo’s nephew, Gai Scott, who did the shooting following a bitter family feud over money and the care of his mother prior to her death. From his hospital bed, he was able to give news site Boston.com an interview on what took place prior and during the shooting.
“I looked over, there was a car, and all I saw was a gun shooting at me,” Scott said in a phone interview from his hospital bed. The assailant, he said, fired seven or eight shots.
“I was trying to duck and dodge, drive around it, maneuver the car. … I was bleeding a lot. I was driving with my thumb in my shoulder to try to stop the bleeding.”
Scott, a Boston native, is a cast member of the VH1 reality show ‘‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’’ and CEO of Hip-Hop Weekly.
The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office has said that Scott, also known by his stage name Benzino, was shot twice by his nephew, Gai Scott, as the two drove through Duxbury.
After being shot in the upper arm and back, Scott said he stopped the car, got out, and ran away on foot. A moment later, another relative driving in the procession stopped to pick him up, then brought him to the Duxbury Police station.
Because of a bitter family fight over finances and the care of his deceased mother, Mary Scott, Scott said he decided not to attend the funeral. Instead, he said, he mourned her privately earlier Saturday at the funeral home where the wake was held.
“I didn’t want to be around them,” Scott said. “I felt like, I didn’t want any problems. I can love my mother and there doesn’t have to be no problems with family.”
Martin Leppo, Scott’s lawyer, said he expected Scott to be discharged from the South Shore Hospital on Monday.
Scott would not specifically name Gai Scott as his attacker, saying he preferred to let law enforcement handle the matter. Prosecutors said Sunday that they expect Gai Scott to be arraigned on Monday in Plymouth District Court.
Here are several images Benzino also shared from his hospital bed.
Just days prior to the unfortunate incident Benzino shared these message and images of his mother.
“She was a beautiful, stong, hardworking, independent, caring, loving, stern, proud Cape Verdean woman, now she is an Angel, God is lucky, trust me she is in Heaven watching me and I wont let her down. R.I.P Mary Ann Scott…….my Mother”
“He also shared this message…
“God knows I have been through alot in my life, BUT EVERY INCH OF GOOD, KINDNESS AND LOVE IN MY SOUL IS BECAUSE OF THIS WOMAN, A BIG PART OF ME IS LOST NOW AND I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, MA WORDS CANT EXPRESS MY LOVE FOR YOU.I WILL MISS EVERY BREATHING MOMENT, I DONT KMOW HOW I WILL CONTINUE KNOWING YOU ARE NOT HERE. Im lost”
Benzino’s friend and “Love and Hip Hop” reality co-star, Stevie J, also paid his a visit.
He shared the below image adding, “#VH1Boyz #ZinoGrigio #Sleazo #GodIsGood”
We wish him a speedy recovery.