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Here Are The Craziest Details From The Alleged Plot To Kill Lil Wayne

Authorities say rappers Birdman and Young Thug have been linked to the suspect accused of shooting at Lil Wayne's tour bus, but haven't been charged in the case.

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Authorities in Georgia say they have officially tied rappers Birdman and Young Thug to a man accused of shooting up Lil Wayne’s tour bus earlier this year.

However, an indictment from the district attorney in Cobb County, Georgia, has accused Birdman, real name Bryan Williams, and Young Thug, real name Jeffrey Williams, of having ties to the incident targeting Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter.

Rapper Young Thug.

The rappers used to work together, with Lil Wayne citing Birdman, one of the founders of Cash Money records, as a father figure in his earlier songs.

But the former friends have been involved in a public feud for months over a dispute of Lil Wayne’s contract. Lil Wayne sued Cash Money earlier this year in federal court.

A few months later, Birdman, Young Thug, and Winfrey allegedly conspired to kill Lil Wayne, authorities say. Here are some of the craziest details from the alleged plot:

Lil Wayne, Birdman, and Young Thug are all Blood gang members, according to officials.

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There have been rumors in the past that Lil Wayne was a member of the Bloods, and he has hinted to it in his lyrics.

However, Georgia officials say all three rappers are, indeed, in the gang. They also allege that Young Thug is a “high-ranking” member of Young Slime Life, a subset of the Bloods in Atlanta.

Young Thug and Winfrey allegedly threatened Lil Wayne on Instagram.

Young Thug posted a video on Instagram five days before the shooting in which he made what authorities call “gang references and threats” toward Lil Wayne. Young Thug is also seen with weapons.

Winfrey also appears in the video.


Young Thug got shouted off stage by Lil Wayne fans right before the shooting.

On the same night as the incident, authorities say Young Thug tried to perform in New Orleans.

However, he was “shouted off the stage” by Lil Wayne fans, who were chanting Lil Wayne’s name.

Winfrey and other gang members allegedly waited for Lil’ Wayne outside his concert.

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In separate vehicles, Winfrey and a crew of Blood members allegedly arrived to an Atlanta concert venue called the Compound as Lil Wayne was performing.

Officials say Atlanta police spotted a weapon in Winfrey’s car and attempted to arrest him, but he fled the scene.

Police then set up an escort for Lil Wayne and his entourage as they left the venue.

Winfrey allegedly shot from his car into two tour buses while they were traveling down an Atlanta highway.

Katie Darby / AP

Winfrey is accused of firing several shots into the buses, which were carrying Lil Wayne and 11 other people.

Winfrey appears to have communicated with Young Thug and Birdman before and after the shooting.

Louis Lanzano / AP

Before the shooting, Winfrey was “in contact by cell phone with cell phones connected to [Young Thug]” officials say.

After the shooting, he was allegedly in contact with a cell phone “owned by [Birdman].”


Young Thug allegedly threatened Lil’ Wayne in a music video after the shooting.

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The video, “Halftime,” features Young Thug making threats against “Lil Whodi.” The nickname was an early nickname of Lil Wayne’s.

Winfrey turned himself in to authorities in Georgia on June 2, a spokesperson for the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office told BuzzFeed News.

He is currently being held on charges of criminal gang activity, reckless conduct, discharging a weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon. A bond hearing is scheduled for Friday.

The spokesperson said neither Birdman nor Young Thug have been charged in the shooting, and it is "too early to say" whether other people will face charges in the incident.

Young Thug was arrested Wednesday on an unrelated charge, WSB-TV Atlanta reported.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office / Via WSB-TV

The TV station was the first to report on the indictment in the Lil Wayne shooting in the midst of its coverage of Young Thug’s arrest.

A spokesperson for Young Thug said they had no comment on the indictment.

BuzzFeed News has contacted representatives for Birdman and Lil Wayne for comment.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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