Baltimore Police investigating stabbing of local rapper Tyree Colion, who posted video of aftermath on Facebook Live

Baltimore police are investigating the stabbing Sunday night of a Baltimore rapper and anti-violence advocate who streamed the aftermath of his attack on Facebook Live, they confirmed Monday.

They said they believe the incident was domestic in nature.

The 3½-minute video posted by the rapper known as Tyree Colion had been viewed nearly 40,000 times as of Monday morning. In the video, Colion — whose given name is Tyree Moorehead — says, “Yo, if I die, it’s all good. Keep pushing them zones.”

Colion, 41, has promoted “No Shoot Zones” in the city since returning from prison in recent years, a movement pushed with street graffiti and anti-violence events.

Police said he was stabbed in the neck and in critical but stable condition on Monday.

The stabbing occurred about 11:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of E. 29th St., police said.

Detectives are “in the process of obtaining charges” against a relative of Colion, with whom he had been engaged in an “argument or ongoing dispute,” said T.J. Smith, a police spokesman.

Smith did not identify Colion by name, but said the victim was a Safe Streets activist. Safe Streets is a program under the city health department that uses returned convicts to help mediate disputes in the community.

Smith said the stabbing “had nothing to do with” Colion’s anti-violence work, but with someone known to him who “decided to settle the dispute with a knife.”

Of Colion streaming the aftermath of his stabbing to Facebook Live, Smith said, “That's just the era that we’re in.”

Colion’s music has been heard on HBO’s “The Wire,” and in mix tapes that have circulated throughout the city.

Colion spent more than a decade in prison on a second-degree murder conviction related to a 1992 shooting when he was 15 years old. He later returned to prison after a violation of probation. After his subsequent release in 2012, he began his anti-violence work.

In the video he posted to Facebook, Colion moans and tells a woman he is with that he is “losing too much blood,” and asks her repeatedly to put pressure on his wound, which appears to be at his neck.

Police did not say where the incident occurred. The woman in the video mentions being on The Alameda as Colion lies on the sidewalk.

After the video posted, supporters began posting messages hoping for Colion’s recovery on a separate Facebook page associated with the “No Shoot Zone” effort.

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton and Sun research librarian Paul McCardell contributed to this article.

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