Rapper Mo3 was shot and killed after a gunman on Wednesday opened fire on a freeway in Dallas, police confirmed.
Mo3, whose real name was Melvin Noble, ran out of his car when a man carrying a gun started walking toward him on the freeway, police said.
Our sources say the fatal shooting went down like this … the gunman and Mo3 were both traveling northbound on I-35 when the trigger man got out of his car and approached Mo3’s. The rapper got out of his car and started running, with the gunman giving chase, firing multiple rounds and hitting Mo3 in the back of the head.
We’re told the gunman also shot an innocent bystander who was sitting in his vehicle, and the second gunshot victim was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Dallas-based rapper claimed he’d survived a shooting last year. He was also arrested back in 2017 in connection with a Dallas-Fort Worth nightclub shooting that left one person dead.
Mo3 is most famous for his 2019 collab with Boosie Badazz, “Errybody (Remix).” He released a couple new songs earlier this year and has recorded 3 albums.
The 28-year-old, whose real name is Melvin Noble, was driving north on I-35 when an armed man walked out of a car and started approaching the rapper, Dallas police said.
Noble then got out of his car and started running against traffic.
“The suspect chased the victim and fired multiple rounds striking him,” Dallas police said in a statement.
The suspect also struck an innocent bystander, an adult male, who was sitting in a separate car. The second victim was also transported to an area hospital with injuries described as non-life-threatening.
Sgt. Warren Mitchell, a Dallas Police Department spokesman, told The Dallas Morning News of the shooting, “I don’t know a better word to describe it other than ‘brazen.’ I mean, in broad daylight (with) several cars around.”
Dallas native Mo3, a father of three, described himself as a “gang member turned rapper,” to Flaunt magazine, with music being his saving grace from a life of “poverty and struggle.” His most notable hit was 2019’s “Errybody (Remix),” a collaboration with Boosie Badazz, which has garnered more than 50 million hits on YouTube.
An innocent bystander also suffered non life-threatening injuries in the shooting, police added.
Noble was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
A representative for the rapper, who is best known for his 2018 track “Errybody,” could not immediately be reached.
Boosie Badazz, who collaborated with Mo3 with songs like “One Of Them Days Again,” “Mop Wit It,” and “My People In Prison,” tweeted about the rapper’s death just hours after the shooting.
Police said the suspected shooter remains at large and the motive of the shooting is unknown. A reward of $5,000 was being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment.
Empire, MO3’s record label, addressed the rapper’s death on social media saying: “EMPIRE has lost a member of our family today – Dallas’ own MO3.
Tributes have been pouring in for the rapper with many people taking to social media to offer their condolences.
One person said: “Our prayers are with Mo3’s friends and family right now… RIP.”
Another person commented: “RIP Mo3. I’m a fan of his music. Don’t even know if they even make words for how 2020 turned out. His son lost his father today.”
“We share this horrible loss with MO3’s family, team and fans. His infectious personality and unrivaled talent brought joy and therapy to his legions of followers across the country. We can only hope to continue his legacy and push forward with the same energy that MO3 shared with the world. Love Live MO3.”