Rapper who fired four shots in New York’s Times Square in a traffic accident, has been released on bail
A New York rapper who fired four shots at a motorcyclist in Times Square early Wednesday was out on bail for illegal possession of a gun at the time of the traffic altercation, it has been reported.
Elijah Quamina, 20, reportedly shot the motorcyclist near 7th Ave around 12:40 PM. and 41st St. in Midtown and was arrested Thursday, police said. No one was injured in the shooting.
Quamina pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon as she appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday. New York Daily News reported.
The rapper, who recently signed a deal with RCA Records under the name Eli Fross, claimed he accidentally clipped a motorcyclist, 32, with his Mercedes when a friend of the motorcyclist, 22, shot at him and fired in self-defense, the outlet reported.
Elijah Quamina, 20, reportedly shot the motorcyclist near 7th Ave around 12:40 PM. and 41st St. in Midtown and was arrested on Thursday
Quamina pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon
Police told the Daily News that the motorcyclist’s friend confronted a group of men standing by the Mercedes when someone in the group started shooting. The Mercedes then fled when the alleged gunman fled on foot.
An NYPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com in a statement that the 22-year-old man has filed a police report for attempted assault.
Quamina was released on $100,000 bail after bragging that RCA, owned by Sony Music Entertainment, would get him out of jail, the Daily News reported.
Police previously arrested Quamina in the Kensington borough of Brooklyn on May 29 when he was found with a loaded gun with an illegible serial number, the New York Daily News reported — citing a complaint the outlet had received.
According to the New York Post, Quamina was also arrested in May 2020 on charges of gun possession and had been given a $7,500 bail.
“While on bail for gun possession, this defendant fired a pistol and fired several rounds of ammunition at a complete stranger in Times Square after being involved in a traffic accident,” a prosecutor said.
David Adhami, Quamina’s lawyer, said during his hearing on Friday that he has no previous convictions, the outlet reported.
Growing up in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, Quamina always wanted to be a rapper, a former neighbor told the Daily News.
“When he became a rapper, I thought it made him more mature,” said the former neighbor. “But I don’t think so.”
DailyMail.com has reached out to RCA Records for more information about its relationship with the label and additional comments.
Quamina, who goes by the name of Eli Fross professionally, is pictured with a pile of cash in photos posted to his Instagram. Quamina, who has a verified account on the platform, has over 119,000 followers
He appeared in Manhattan criminal court on Friday and was released on $100,000 bail hours after his label released him from prison.
In November, WorldStarHipHop released a music video for Quamina’s song GOAT Freestyle, styled after a Black Lives Matter protest in which he burns an American flag while standing on a police car. The video has been viewed 1.2 million times.
The shooting marks the third time there have been shots fired in Times Square since May 8, when two adults and a four-year-old girl named Skye Martinez were hit by stray bullets.
Farrakhan Muhammad, the alleged gunman in that shooting, had reportedly started shooting over a “grass war” by a street vendor. He allegedly fled the Big Apple after the shooting and was arrested in Florida days later.
Then a U.S. Marine was injured in another shooting on June 27 when he was hit by a ricocheting bullet at W. 45th St. and Seventh Ave., police said.
Avon Darden, 16, surrendered himself to police at the Midtown South Precinct station building on Wednesday, ten days after the shooting. He is pictured on surveillance footage as police searched for him hem
Darden has reportedly been arrested for three felonies
Samuel Poulin, 21, was hit in the back by a reflecting bullet as he walked with his family near the Marriott Hotel on W. 45th St. on June 27 at around 5:15 PM.
A break dancer, 16-year-old Avon Darden, had reportedly attempted to shoot a rival dancer when he punched 21-year-old Samuel Poulin in the back as he and his wife and family walked by.
The teen later turned himself in with his mother to police at the Midtown South Police Department.
Crime, particularly in the Bronx borough of New York City, has risen dramatically compared to last year.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told: NY1 on Wednesday that the Bronx has not had such high gun violence rates since the mid-1990s.
“The Bronx is back at a level not seen since 1996,” said Commissioner Shea.
He added, “We’ve done poorly in the Bronx now, especially with gang violence involving young children.”
Data from the NYPD shows that the homicide rate increased by 4.7% in 2021 compared to last year as of July 11. There are 225 homicides across the city this year compared to 215 last year.
NYPD data shows that crime in the Big Apple has risen so far in 2021 compared to the same period in 2020
The number of shooting victims is up 22.2% year over year, with 931 shootings in 2021 compared to 762 in 2020 citywide as of July 11, data from the NYPD shows. The number of shooting incidents has risen from 623 in 2020 to 803 in 2021, a jump of 28.9%.
However, those rates are much more competitive when examined only for the Bronx borough of New York City.
Of those 225 homicides in New York City this year, 69 were in the Bronx, accounting for a whopping 31% of all homicides in the Big Apple. Last year there were 49 homicides in the borough, which made up just 22% of all homicides in the city as of July 11, 2020.
The number of shooting victims in the Bronx has increased by 64.8% year-on-year, from 193 shootings in 2020 to 318 in 2021. That means about 42% of all shooting victims in New York City this year came from the Bronx.