An aspiring rapper who was shot multiple times in a violent burglary at his North Hollywood home said he believed the shooting was due to his display of cash and jewelry on his social media accounts.
The rapper and sound engineer known as “Wakko the Kidd” was arriving home late on September 1 after a recording session when, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, they were attacked by at least one armed suspect on the 11100 block of California Street.
No arrests were made in the attack, and Los Angeles police officials declined to reveal what was captured during the burglary, but the local artist told KCBS-TV 2 he believes his videos and photos may have shown cash, cars and jewelry. make it a target.
Wakko the Kidd is often seen in YouTube music videos holding huge piles of cash in his hands, standing next to expensive cars or bragging about money in words such as claiming “his salary is like Dubai” – the standard boast seen in most industry videos. . In one of the videos posted on his TikTok account, someone is seen dropping $100 bills from the back seat of a car window and onto a crowded sidewalk.
A few weeks before the theft, the rapper posted a video on his YouTube account claiming he spent $80,000 on a bejeweled chain from Dumoni Jewelers, a company that specializes in custom jewelry, including grills — or jewelry worn on the teeth.
“And you know he made the grills, and you know he made the clock,” Waco said the kid to the camera while showing off his gem-encrusted jewelry.
The rapper and his representative did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Waco the Kid told KCBS that he was injured six times.
He said, “A bullet hit me all in the back and came out of my stomach.” “One bullet went through my stomach and exited through my back.”
Los Angeles police said the rapper’s friend was shot multiple times, and the two men were taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Police said investigators found multiple casings on the ground when they responded, and bullets penetrated Waco’s car and home.
“It’s annoying and frustrating that we live in a world where you can’t have nice things without looking over your shoulder,” he told KCBS.
Law enforcement officials said they have seen an increase in the number of “purchased home” burglaries, particularly incidents targeting celebrities and upscale restaurants in the past year. In November, the Los Angeles Police Department announced the formation of a new task force to counter this troubling trend.
According to LAPD crime statistics, burglaries have increased by about 18% so far this year compared to the same period in 2021.