Rapper Rick Ross Target of Drive-By Shooting

rickrossRapper Rick Ross was out celebrating his 37th birthday at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., diner early Sunday morning when he became the alleged target of a drive-by shooting.

Police say Ross and his girlfriend were leaving the 24-hour diner The Floridian at around 5 a.m., after eating a late meal, when someone unloaded close to two dozen bullets into Ross’ gray Rolls Royce.

Ross reportedly tried to flee the shooting, but ended up crashing his car into an apartment near 15th Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard.

“A giant kaboom knocked me off the bed and I went to the front door and all I saw was a car,” said Beth Balk, who lives in the building.

Nobody was injured in the shooting and subsequent crash, but a number of businesses in the area were damaged by stray bullets.

An employee at The Floridian told ABC News affiliate WPLG-TV in Miami that Ross and his girlfriend were questioned by police inside the restaurant following the shooting and then driven away in a black SUV.

“They looked disheveled. They looked like they had been through something,” the employee said.

The 37-year-old rapper has released five studio albums and is the founder of the record label Maybach Management Company.

Reps for Ross couldn’t be reached for comment, but fellow rapper 50 Cent, who has been in a feud with Ross since 2009, posted a picture of the crash on Twitter, writing:

@50cent “Hahaha fat boy hit the building? lol it looks staged to me. No hole’s in da car”

Police are still searching for the car and the suspect responsible for firing those shots. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fort Lauderdale police.

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