5 errrr make that 6 men have been arrested for their part in a shooting that involved an Atlanta rap artist on Wednesday afternoon in Charlotte.
The "drive by" style shooting appeared to be random, but now the word from CMPD sources is that the entire thing may have a bizarre robbery attempt.
Those arrested face charges that include discharging a firearm into occupied property, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
CMPD sources have identified those arrested as David Bellamy, Berry Lawrence, Xavier Hoover, Antonia Stukes, Andre Sellers and Antonie Washington.
Antonio Stukes was shot in the shoulder during the gunfire, treated at a local hospital and released.
Stukes spoke exclusively with Eyewitness News when he left police headquarters on Wednesday night and said that he was an innocent bystander.
"I'm no friend of Flocka. I'm a friend of Jesus," Stukes told channel 9.
Adam Seifer, Stukes' attorney, told WSOC News on Friday that his client is frustrated that no one's been charged with a crime, although police have questioned several people.
Seifer said Stukes heard that Waka Flocka, whose real name is Juaquin Malphurs, was signing autographs outside his tour bus, and Stukes drove with a friend to meet the rap star and give him a demo tape.
"My client is simply an aspiring rapper. He's an up-and-coming guy who simply wanted to get noticed," Seifer said. "He was up there simply to give a CD to the rapper."
Seifer said that moments after Stukes arrived, another car pulled up and immediately opened fire.
Stukes who was shot in shoulder during the attack continues to maintain that he is nothing more than an innocent victim who just happened to be in the area, but CMPD officers say otherwise.
Berry Steven Lawrence
Xavier Tariono Hoover
Antonia Stukes aka Antonio Stakes
Andre Lamar Sellers
All are being held at the Mecklenburg County Jail under $175,000.00 to $250,000.00 bond.
A review of police records show multiple prior arrests for each of the men including drug, weapons, armed robbery, auto theft, sexual assault and probation charges.
All told the suspects have been arrested more than 43 times on more than 140 charges not including juvenile arrests. Washington had been arrested by CMPD officers early on the morning of the 16th and was released just hours before the shooting.