RAPPER Silento was arrested on Monday for allegedly shooting his older cousin to death in a suburb of Atlanta.
The rapper, whose real name is Richard Lamar Hawk, 23, was charged with murder in the January 21 fatal shooting of his cousin Frederick Rooks, 34, according to the DeKalb County Police Department.
Rapper Silento was arrested on Monday for allegedly shooting his cousinCredit: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office
The fatal shooting occurred on January 21 in a suburb of Atlanta Credit: WXIA
Surveillance video captured at least one gunshot and several vehicles driving away from the site, an incident report stated.
Cops found eight bullet casings at the scene.
The motive of the shooting is still not clear.
Rapper Silento is best known for his 2015 song, ‘Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)’Credit: Getty Images
Following the shooting, investigators said it appeared that Rooks knew the residents at one of the homes on Deep Shoals Circle, where they found his body.
“I think it is connected to this house,” DeKalb police Lt Rod Bryant told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time.
“We’re still doing a little bit more investigation. The people in the house know him, but he really don’t live there, so we’re trying to see what’s going on.”
Silento is best known for the song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” which was released in 2015.
Surveillance footage showed several vehicles fleeing the scene Credit: WXIA
He is being held in DeKalb County Jail.
Hawk got into trouble with law enforcement on more than one occasion last year.
In August, the rapper allegedly broke into a house in Los Angeles holding a hatchet while looking for his girlfriend.
The following month, he was arrested in connection with the incident and charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
In October, Hawk was arrested for allegedly driving 143 miles per hour.
According to the incident report, Hawk said: “If there is like 10 cars following me, I can do 143 because I am not a regular person, and you could go look on your computer and it would tell you that.”