Local Hip-Hop Artist Shot In Hartford

Local Hip-Hop Artist Shot In Hartford (Nick Dethlefsen Fox 61 / October 31, 2009)

A local hip-hop artist was seriously injured after being shot six times in the Parkville section of Hartford. However despite his wounds, the man is expected to make a full recovery.

Hartford Police say the shooting happened on Park Street at 2:30 Saturday afternoon in front of 1625 Park Street. The victim's name has not been officially released, however manager Michael Goldberg confirms that the hip-hop artist "Hollywood Fergie," who also goes by the alias "Messiah," had been shot.

Goldberg says Hollywood Fergie had just finished recording a promotional video at the Signature Gold Jewelry store on Park Street. After the recording was finished, Fergie and a photographer left Signature Gold and was walking by the nearby Elegant Touch barbershop. Witnesses to the shooting say they were then approached by two men, one of whom attempted to steal a gold necklace from Fergie. In the struggle that followed, the second suspect shot Fergie multiple times.

According to the witnesses, Hollywood Fergie then stumbled in to the barber shop. The suspect followed him in and shot Fergie several more times as he lay on the ground. The suspects fled, and Hollywood Fergie was taken to Hartford Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

After visiting with his client, Michael Goldberg said the artist was optimistic and expects to make a full recovery. He says the rapper was struck twice in the abdomen, twice in the chest, once in the shoulder, and once in the elbow, all by a .22 caliber gun. Goldberg says that if the gun was of a higher caliber, the rapper may not be alive.

Hollywood Fergie, an alias the artist uses, also goes by the name "Messiah." According to Goldberg, Fergie has performed with several bigger-name acts, including opening for rapper 50 Cent. Goldberg says Fergie is slated to enter the XL Center with Chad Dawson for his high profile boxing match versus Glen Johnson November 7th. Goldberg added that despite being shot, the rapper has no plans to cancel that appearance.