Rolling Stone has unearthed footage from the shooting death of Jaylin Craig. In 2018, DaBaby (born Jonathan Kirk) was a shooter who killed Craig in the Charlotte, NC, Walmart. The rapper claimed self-defense, and there was no charge against the rapper. A Video of DaBaby in Walmart shooting surfaces.
Instead, Kirk claimed his friend Craig and the acquaintance Henry Douglas were threatening the rapper and his family. “Daughter could have got hit, the son could have got hit,” DaBaby stated on Instagram following the incident. “Lawyers… telling me not to say nothing… But two [people] walk down on you and your whole…family, threatening y’all, whip out [a gun] on y’all, let me see what y’all going to do.” However, the video seems to depict Kirk engaging in the fight.
DaBaby Walmart Shooting Explained
The 2018 shooting started according to Douglas, the shooter, who was Craig, and he recognized DaBaby in the Walmart. A discussion between them regarding whether or not it was DaBaby was interpreted by Kirk. Two of them were stalking him to provoke him into doing a fight. “They’re trying to get me to provoke them so they could pull a gun out,” the police officer told him during the incident.
As per Rolling Stone, the video shows Kirk fighting Craig and Douglas. The two men turn away from Kirk but only for Kirk to start “striking him in the head and nearly tackling him to the ground.” Kirk explained that the attack was an attempt to “get the jump on” the two.
Although the video may complicate DaBaby’s self-defense argument in specific ways, it demonstrates Craig beginning to pull the gun out. However, Craig does seem to return the gun before DaBaby gets his gun and shoots Craig in the back.
Craig was declared dead at the Walmart just under an hour after the incident.
While DaBaby wasn’t accused of the murder of Craig, DaBaby was found guilty of carrying a weapon concealed during the time of the incident. As a result, he got sentenced to 12-month probation and a suspended sentence. Following his shooting, DaBaby got signed by Interscope Records.