Young Greatness, best known for his hit Moolah, has died after being shot outside of a New Orleans Waffle House in the early hours of Monday morning.
The Cash Money rapper, whose real name is Theodore Jones, is the latest in a long line of recent hip-hop artists killed due to gun violence. He was just 34 years old.
According to the New Orleans Police Department, a shooting occurred in the Waffle House parking lot located in the 2900 block of Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans East around 1:35 a.m. Jones, aka Young Greatness, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Young Greatness didn’t even live in New Orleans anymore, having moved to Houston after Hurricane Katrina. His mother told local news affiliate WDSU that her son returned to New Orleans for a funeral. She revealed that he was Facetiming with his manager when shots were fired in the parking lot.
The vehicle Young Greatness was driving prior to the incident was reportedly stolen by two suspects after he was shot in the back. In the hours following the Waffle House shooting, police were searching for a silver Nissan Altima with Florida plates, which has since been recovered.
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While it’s not clear yet if there is any surveillance camera footage of the shooting, the Times-Picayune reports that there are three cameras in the area. After the shooting, the entire parking lot was taped off, as well as part of Abundance Street on the border of the Waffle House parking lot.
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While Theodore Jones’ identity has been released, not many other details have been shared by investigators at this point. Fans of the Moolah rapper have been sharing tributes to the slain artist since learning of his death.