Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón charged Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, with assault with a semiautomatic weapon with allegations of personal use of the weapon. The rapper, whose arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, could face up to nine years in prison if found guilty of the crime.
“Discharging a gun in a public place is a serious offense that can end in tragic consequences not only for the person targeted but also for innocent bystanders visiting Hollywood,” said Gascón in a statement. “My office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case and determined that the addition of a special weapons allegation was warranted.”
Last week, the alleged victim of A$AP Rocky came forward as A$AP Relli, Rocky’s former bandmate in the A$AP Mob. In the statement given by Rolling Stone, Relli – real name Terell Ephron – said Rocky asked him to meet that night to discuss a disagreement, but ended up “deliberately firing several shots” at him. Relli also filed a civil suit against Rocky, claiming to have received “numerous death threats and irreparable damage to his career in the entertainment industry” as a result of the shooting.