Christian Rapper "Bizzle" killed in Florida shooting

11:31 AM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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LIBERTY CITY, Fla. (NBC) -- Miami rapper Bizzle was killed in a shooting outside a car-washing business in Liberty City, Florida Monday night.

Miami Police later confirmed the victim was Robert Labranche, also known as Bizzle.

"He would not let you starve. He would not leave you in the street," area resident Rod Parker said of Bizzle. "If you asked him for something, he would try his best to do whatever he can for you - I mean for everybody."

Police said in a statement that they are searching for a black male suspect in his 20s who fled the scene wearing all black.

The scene in Liberty City became chaotic when the victims' relatives crossed the crime scene tape, and police had to use force to restrain a man and woman.

They were later released and no charges were filed, police said.

Emotions were very high, Miami Police spokesman Det. Willie Moreno said.

He said of the victim, "This is someone that was definitely loved, not just by his family but by his community."

"You could see the large crowd behind me. You could see as soon as a family member run under the police line, and he obviously wanted to grab that family member, he wanted to grab him for one last time, possibly," Moreno said. "You saw the emotions of the community, just going in with him."

But Moreno also asked the community to bear in mind that police needed to gather evidence from the crime scene.

Moreno said the victim became involved in an argument with someone at the business before he was shot and killed.

His son and daughter, both under age 10, were in his car, Moreno said.

"Fortunately they did not see the actual incident, and they are currently right now unharmed with family members," Moreno said.


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