Near midnight Thursday, cops said, a tour bus carrying Montana, his entourage and Philly-born rapper Meek Mill - infamous for his own legal troubles in the city - parked on Columbus Boulevard near Race Street by a Holiday Inn Express, where the group booked rooms after Montana's show at the Theatre of Living Arts on South Street.
When the bus stopped, carloads of fans pulled up and a crowd formed. A sedan then pulled up and someone inside opened fire on the crowd, investigators said. Jowann King, 28, of New York, was struck in the abdomen and later died at Hahnemann University Hospital.
A second man, a 28-year-old also from New York, was hit in the shoulder and was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
Investigators said the vehicle that they believe was used to drive that victim to the hospital was found riddled with bullet holes on 10th Street near the emergency room. At least two people in the crowd outside the tour bus pulled guns and fired back, Homicide Capt. James Clark said.
Police said they're unsure who the intended target of the shooting was, or what sparked it. On Friday, outside police headquarters - where the rapper and his entourage of about 20 were questioned - Montana told reporters, "Nobody was shooting at me."
Immediately after the shooting, he seem unfazed. He tweeted a photo of fellow performer Chinx Drugz being interviewed by a police officer in the Holiday Inn lobby with the caption, "Nobody got time for this s---."
Trouble seems to find Montana, whose real name is Karim Kharbouch. After his show in Las Vegas on Feb. 21, a fan left and allegedly shot and killed aspiring rapper Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr. as each drove along the Strip.
With Cherry dead at the wheel, his Maserati rammed a taxi, causing it to burst into flames, killing two people and injuring five others whose vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction crash.
According to his website, Montana was in Philadelphia for his "Excuse My French Tour" to promote his debut album, which comes out in May. Mill, though his lyrics appear to be mostly about money, booze and women, is notorious for his raps about Philly, the city's criminal-justice system and violence.
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