Rapper BTB Savage was fatally shot Thursday in Houston, just a few hours after he posted photos on Twitter of the blood-splattered scene where he and his girlfriend killed a would-be robber in self-defense.
The rapper, whose real name was believed to be Brian Thompson, was gunned down at about 6:10 p.m. on March 30, in the 2100 block of Mid Lane.
According to local news reports, the rapper was the victim of a drive-by shooting.
In a media briefing posted online by KPRC-TV, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner described Thursday’s shooting as a “targeted incident” because of the number of bullet casings at the scene.
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Police had not yet identified the deceased victim at the time of the briefing, but local news outlets said it was BTB Savage.
Finner described the deceased victim as a young Black male in his 20s. He said the victim was driving a white Mercedes when a black Subaru SUV with at least two suspects inside drove up and opened fire.
The Mercedes was traveling northbound when the suspect vehicle approached and the gunmen began shooting. Finner added that at one point, the suspects got out of the Subaru and fired more shots at the Mercedes.
Investigators are reviewing nearby surveillance cameras from homes and businesses as they search for clues, Finner said.
An FBI spokesman also attended the media briefing and said federal investigators would assist in the case because “things such as this, this drive-by shooting, just can’t happen.”
Houston police did not immediately respond to Urban Hollywood 411‘s request for additional information.
As news of the up-and-coming rapper’s death spread, fans took to his YouTube page and posted comments under his music video for the song “TSA” featuring Juney Knotzz.
“Rest in peace Savage,” one person wrote.
“He was really about to blow. RIP,” another person added.
“Just went through the whole channel… Bro was talented,” someone else wrote.
In a March 26 interview with DJ Vlad, BTB Savage revealed that he and his girlfriend killed a man he said was trying to rob him.
The rapper explained that he welcomed two men into his home to discuss working on a song together, but he immediately noticed something wasn’t right.
“They was just talking and looking around my crib,” he said. “I figured it was kind of weird.”
The rapper said one of the men claimed to have forgotten something and went outside. The other man asked about a chain that BTB was wearing. A dispute broke out and he said the man told him, “I’m gonna shoot you.”
The man added, “I see you flexin’ on Instagram,” meaning showing off money and jewelry on the platform.
BTB said the man pulled out “two guns.” The would-be robber fired at him, and BTB’s arm was injured. At that point, BTB yelled for his girlfriend to shoot the man.
“She popped him in the back twice,” BTB Savage said.
Watch the harrowing interview with DJ VLAD below.
Rapper BTB Savage Killed After Tweeting About Killing a Robber
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