Rapper Phora Injured in Pasadena Drive-By Freeway Shooting
Phora during a meet-and-greet at Pachuco Tattoo earlier this year
Nate Jackson / OC Weekly
An unknown assailant opened fire on a car driven by rapper Phora just after midnight Tuesday in Pasadena. The Anaheim-bred rapper's brush with death happened when he headed home with his girlfriend to Corona on the 210 freeway.
Another vehicle pulled next to him near Lake Avenue in the drive-by shooting with bullets striking Phora's car multiple times. He suffered a wound to his neck in the incident.
Phora exited the freeway and his girlfriend called the police once they pulled to a stop. The couple told authorities that they didn't know why someone would try to shoot them.
An ambulance transported the rapper to a nearby hospital where he got treated and was listed as being in stable condition. His girlfriend didn't get injured in the shooting. Released from the hospital, Phora took to social media last night to offer a lengthy explanation of what went down writing:
I'm blessed to be alive. Dezy is blessed to be alive. The bullet traveled from my shoulder through to my neck up towards the back of my head. I was shot with a .45, and the bullet was stuck in the back of my head/neck JUST MISSING MY SPINAL CHORD, Vertebrae, etc. where I could've been paralyzed for the rest of my life, or even dead.
The California Highway Patrol shut all eastbound lanes of the 210 freeway until 5 a.m. yesterday morning. Pasadena police are investigating the shooting and are reportedly searching for a silver BMW or Infiniti G35 type vehicle. The assailant is on the loose.
The rapper tweeted late Monday night just before the shooting that he was in the studio working on his new album Angels with Broken Wings due out October 11, 2015. Fans took to social media to pray for his speedy recovery.
The shooting isn't the first time the popular rhymer has been the subject of a violent attack. Phora survived a controversial stabbing incident in Anaheim when he was 15.
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