Ariana Bacle
January 14, 2014 AT 03:45 PM EST

Kanye West is under investigation for an alleged assault, People reports.

A source told People that a man was shouting racial obscenities at the paparazzi outside of a furniture store, causing West’s fiance Kim Kardashian to confront him. Kardashian then summoned West to come to the scene out of fear. The man directed his obscenities at West once he arrived, and the rapper allegedly punched the man.

“The named suspect was identified as Kanye West by the victim and several witnesses,” a statement from the Beverly Hills Police Department read. “Mr. West had left the location prior to officers’ arrival. As of this writing, BHPD detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation.”

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