Bay Area rapper Tay Way, real name Lamonta Butcher, was gunned down in Richmond, CA, which is located just north of Oakland, and across the bay from San Francisco. The fatal altercation was reported right before noon on Friday, September 18th, in the “Iron Triangle” neighborhood of Richmond.
Police were called on the scene after 17 reported shots rang out in the small neighborhood. Alongside Tay Way, two other victims were admitted to the hospital suffering gunshot wounds, but they have since been released. Eyewitness accounts have placed three gunmen at the scene, and have described the incident as a drive-by. The three gunmen shot the victims from their car, on the intersection of Macdonald Avenue and Fourth Street. The police arrived promptly on the scene and pronounced Tay Way dead on arrival.
Bay Area gotta do better man. Killing off our legends. Beef be real out here. #riptayway
— ايريانا (@erionanichelle) September 19, 2020
This style of midday shooting has become increasingly common and raises alarm for many in the music industry. Nearly a month ago, Chicago rapper FBG Duck suffered the same fate near the famed, high profile Magnificent Mile shopping district. With this rash of violence suddenly rising, concerned fans ask what may have triggered the attack, while simultaneously grieving his loss. Again, while no motive has been identified, some tweets from local supporters may provide some insight.
Reports also claim that the Bay area artist posted on social media before the fatal incident occurred. Social media has become another tool to target victims, most notably in the music industry. The criminals in Kim Kardashian’s 2016 robbery, Pop Smoke’s robbery, and Tekashi69’s kidnapping all utilized social media to locate and attack the artists and it is a growing issue in the industry.
As the Bay area mourns the loss of one of its artists, police are on the trail of the three gunmen. Tay Way’s fans have taken to social media and the comment section of his most notable hits to pay their respects.