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When Disaster Strikes

Gunman strafes Busta Rhymes' SUV. It's the second shooting at the offices of hip-hop firm Violator Management in two months

After parking his new GMC Suburban on a Manhattan street Friday night, Busta Rhymes was away from the SUV for only 20 minutes, returning to find that someone had pumped six bullets into the passenger side of the vehicle, police told the New York Daily News. No one was hurt in the shooting, which took place outside the offices of Violator Management, the hip-hop firm whose clients include Busta and 50 Cent. It was the second time in two months that there had been a shooting at the Violator office.

Last month, an unidentified gunman rode the elevator to Violator's office after hours and shot up the reception area. On Friday, Rhymes entered the Violator office at 10 p.m. with a company executive, police said, and emerged at 10:18 to find his car riddled with bullets. ''This is all connected to whatever's going on in the rap world,'' police told the Daily News after Friday's shooting. ''We don't know if Busta Rhymes was the intended target, or if the shootings are a message to the managers,'' an investigator told the Daily News. ''[His] name is not raising red flags for gang membership, or affiliation in any rap war of words-type stuff.''

Police said the rapper was lucky to have survived. ''Whoever did the shooting did it from far away and had no way of knowing there was no one in the truck. No one could have survived if there was someone in the passenger seat.''

Originally posted Feb 24, 2003