Dababy 2018 Walmart Shooting Video Surfaces Raises Questions About Self-Defense Claim
New footage emerges of a deadly 2018 Walmart shooting involving DaBaby.
Rolling Stone obtained an unprecedented surveillance video of the rapper encountering two men at a Walmart in the Charlotte area on November 5, 2018 – before the height of his fame – where DaBaby shot and killed 19-year-old Jaylin Craig.
DaBaby, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, claims he acted in self-defence, but SC maintains that the security footage contradicts his version of events and portrays him as the first attacker.
DaBaby said he was approached by men who allegedly threatened him and waved a gun while shopping with his then girlfriend Mariah Osborne and their two young children. Kirk claimed he fired his own gun to protect himself and his family.
DaBaby shot and killed 19-year-old Jaylin Craig in 2018, a shooting the rapper claims was in self-defense.
New security footage obtained by Rolling Stone shows that DaBaby appears to be the aggressor, and contradicts key aspects of his version of events. https://t.co/TGZjJ0Da6o pic.twitter.com/M7kbKur3U9
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Craig’s family members and his best friend, Henry Douglas, claim the altercation started when Kirk became annoyed that the teens had recognized him, and he allegedly demanded they go outside for a fight. Kirk told police that one of the teens initially suggested they fight, but the footage shows Craig standing nearby as Kirk punches Douglas, leaving him with a bruised eye and gashed forehead.
After DaBaby’s initial attack on Douglas, Craig appears to pull out a gun from his waistband, but seems to begin to put it back as he walks out of frame. Other footage shows Kirk pulling out a concealed Glock from his waistband before fatally wounding Craig. Officials later determined that Craig had a gun on him, but it’s unclear if Craig was brandishing the gun as he approached the two men.
The altercation, which lasted under a minute, ended with a wounded Craig running into a nearby aisle and leaving a trail of blood before collapsing. When medics arrived minutes later, he was pronounced dead.
DaBaby was charged and convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and sentenced to 12 months probation with a suspended jail sentence. The case was closed in June 2019.
“I feel like they just swept it up under the rug,” Craig’s mother, LaWanda Horsley, told Rolling Stone. “[Kirk] knows what he did. I’m not doing this for no fame or anything, because at the end of the day, Jaylin Craig is gone.”
On his chart-topping 2020 hit “Rockstar,” DaBaby addressed the incident, which was witnessed by his one-year-old daughter. “My daughter a G, she saw me kill a ni**a in front of her before the age of two,” he raps.
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