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Rapper faces federal gun charge for shooting at Forrest City club

Posted By on Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 12:38 PM

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A federal criminal information was filed in federal court in Little Rock today against Ricky L. Hampton (aka Finese 2Tymes or Finese Twotymes) charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The case was assigned to Magistrate Jerome Kearney and the docket currently provides no further information, including the affidavit accompanying the charge.

Hampton was performing at the Power Ultra Lounge Friday night when shooting broke and 25 people were wounded. He was arrested early Sunday after a show in Birmingham by federal with warrants related to a gun charge arising in St. Francis County, not related to the shooting in Little Rock.

Little Rock police have said they want to talk to Hampton about the club shootout Friday, but they haven't identified him as a suspect. No one has been arrested in the club shooting.

Acting U.S. Attorney Pat Harris said a press release is coming soon.

UPDATE: The release:

Patrick C. Harris, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Jeffrey B. Reed, Resident Agent-in-Charge of the Little Rock Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced today that a Complaint has been filed against Ricky L. Hampton, 25, of Memphis, Tennessee, for felon in possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1).

The complaint alleges that on June 25, 2017, Ricky L. Hampton, aka “Finese2Tymes” was at Club Envy in Forrest City, Arkansas. As Hampton, a Memphis rapper, was leaving the club, he began screaming at a person in a car that he believed was blocking his way. As Hampton got into his car, he continued screaming at the person to move out of his way.

Hampton became impatient with that person in the other vehicle and pointed an AK-style pistol at that person. As that person drove away, Hampton fired a shot that shattered the rear window and struck the driver of the other vehicle in the neck. The weapon Hampton used, a Century Arms, model RAS 47, 7.62 caliber pistol, has been recovered by law enforcement.

Hampton was convicted in Tennessee of felony aggravated robbery, for which he was sentenced to eight (8) years in prison.

Acting U.S. Attorney Patrick C. Harris and Jeffrey B. Reed, Resident Agent-in-Charge jointly stated that, “Through the collaborative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Forrest City Police Department, the First Judicial Circuit States Attorney’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office, this alleged violent offense will proceed through the judicial process. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and ATF are committed to working with federal, state and local partners to address violent firearm offenses within the state of Arkansas.”

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