The rapper Megan Thee Stallion gave new details on Instagram this week in her account of being shot in Los Angeles this month, saying she was struck in both feet and that “fake stories” about her injuries continued to spread online.
She and the authorities have said little about what took place early on Sunday, July 12, and neither Megan Thee Stallion nor the Los Angeles Police have named a suspect or explained her injuries in detail. The police would not even confirm whether the injuries were gunshot wounds.
Speculation has run rampant among hip-hop commentators and her legions of fans. Many have simply wondered what happened.
The Rise of Megan Thee Stallion
It has been a strange turn in the story of a 25-year-old rapper who has vaulted to national fame in recent years with hits like “Hot Girl Summer” and collaborations with stars including Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj.
Born Megan Pete, Megan Thee Stallion spent years rapping in her hometown, Houston, where she learned from her mother, who performed under the name Holly-Wood.
Her 2017 song “Stalli Freestyle” is often credited as the one that brought her worldwide attention. Then came an EP, “Tina Snow,” then critical and popular success with her debut album, “Fever,” and then “Hot Girl Summer,” a song that became a cultural phenomenon last year. In March, she released another album, “Suga,” and her collaboration with Beyoncé on a remix of the song “Savage” became her first No. 1 Billboard hit in May.
She has emphasized her ambitions outside of music. (She is a health-administration student at Texas Southern University.)
“All my life, I’ve been a person who’s had my hands in a lot of things,” she said in March. “I was a bill collector at one point. I was a bartender. When I started rapping and making money, I was like, ‘I’m going to use this to do the things I really want to do: finish school and start my business.’”
What has she said about getting shot?
The performer first described being shot in an Instagram post on July 15, saying that she had “suffered gunshot wounds, as a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me.”
She said that the police took her to the hospital and that she had surgery to remove bullets. She wrote on Instagram, “It was important for me to clarify the details about this traumatic night.”
On Monday night, almost two weeks after that post, Megan Thee Stallion posted a video to reassure fans that she was well, to thank her supporters and to counter reports that she said were invented or based on fake sources.
“I was shot in both of my feet,” she said in the video, breaking into tears. Surgery, she said, “was super scary, it was, like, just the worst experience of my life.”
She added that the bullets did not hit any bones or break any tendons, but were “in there” and had to be removed. In neither post did she say where the shooting happened.
In the video, she criticized people who she said were spreading rumors about the shooting and those making jokes on social media. “It’s not funny,” she said. “There’s nothing to joke about. It was nothing for y’all to start going and making up fake stories about.”
She said that she did not put her hands on anyone before the shooting, adding, “I didn’t deserve to get shot.” And she explained her lack of comment beyond Instagram, saying: “It’s not that I was protecting anybody. I just wasn’t ready to speak.”
The shooting, she said, was not something “you just immediately get on the internet and start talking about.” Though many people post on Instagram and Twitter as if it were their “diary,” she said, “that’s not me.”
What have the police said?
The Los Angeles Police Department on July 15 issued a news release detailing information they had on the incident and the status of the investigation.
On July 12, at 4:30 a.m., the police responded to calls of shots that were fired in the Hollywood Hills, the release said.
After witnesses provided a description of a vehicle and the people involved, the police said, officers detained “multiple people” at a traffic stop.
One person, Tory Lanez, a singer and rapper whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, was arrested and charged with concealing a firearm in the vehicle, the police said.
The release said one person was taken to a hospital to receive medical treatment for a foot injury, but it did not name the victim.
Records from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department show that Lanez was released hours after the arrest after posting a $35,000 bond. He has an Oct. 13 court date.
A police spokesman said Tuesday there were no other updates in the investigation.
Who is Tory Lanez?
Lanez, 28, is a singer and rapper from Toronto who may be best known for the songs “Say It” and “Talk to Me,” among others.
According to a 2015 interview with the hip-hop magazine XXL, Lanez began rapping after the death of his mother, when he was 11.
Over the years, he built a loyal fan base and eventually caught the attention of the pop star Justin Bieber, who became a friend and collaborator. After putting out several mixtapes, Lanez in 2015 signed a deal with Interscope Records and the next year released his debut album, “I Told You,” which featured the Grammy-nominated song “Luv.”