Florida rapper shot dead in front of his house minutes after daring critics to confront him

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By Carina Murphy

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Florida rapper Rollie Bands has been shot dead outside his home.

The attack came minutes after the aspiring artist dared his critics to confront him on Instagram, in a post where he revealed that he was currently at his house in Tampa.

"A lot of these n***** know where I live at fr," the 27-year-old wrote on his Instagram story on Friday (July 22) per The New York Post.

"I sleep in peace. If a n**** want smoke I’m at my crib in 5 mins," he added.

Just five minutes after the rapper posted the story, he was attacked in the parking lot of his apartment complex, being shot once at around 3:30 PM.

Emergency services arrived and rushed him to a local hospital - but the young artist could not be saved, and died shortly after.

Police believe the suspects knew and targeted Bands. They fled the scene immediately after shooting him, and have not yet been taken into custody.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said in its report, according to The New York Post: "At this time, the shooting does not appear random, as the suspects and victim are possibly known to each other."

They also called for anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office or make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay.

The rapper's girlfriend confirmed that his death was a result of an ongoing dispute. She told 10 Tampa Bay: "I knew something was up when I kept on having a bad feeling and he told me he was arguing with somebody."

"They started arguing against and brought it to social media when it shouldn't have gotten that far," she added.

Since his death, tributes to Rollie Band have been pouring in on social media, with many people expressing their sadness that he passed away at such a young age.

"Rest in paradise to Rollie Bands. So sad and senseless. He should still be alive," one person tweeted, while another wrote: "To Rollie Bands. Miss you man, gone too soon."

"Sending love and support to Rollie Bands family and lived ones today," added a third.

Featured Image Credit: B Christopher / Alamy

Florida rapper shot dead in front of his house minutes after daring critics to confront him

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By Carina Murphy

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Florida rapper Rollie Bands has been shot dead outside his home.

The attack came minutes after the aspiring artist dared his critics to confront him on Instagram, in a post where he revealed that he was currently at his house in Tampa.

"A lot of these n***** know where I live at fr," the 27-year-old wrote on his Instagram story on Friday (July 22) per The New York Post.

"I sleep in peace. If a n**** want smoke I’m at my crib in 5 mins," he added.

Just five minutes after the rapper posted the story, he was attacked in the parking lot of his apartment complex, being shot once at around 3:30 PM.

Emergency services arrived and rushed him to a local hospital - but the young artist could not be saved, and died shortly after.

Police believe the suspects knew and targeted Bands. They fled the scene immediately after shooting him, and have not yet been taken into custody.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said in its report, according to The New York Post: "At this time, the shooting does not appear random, as the suspects and victim are possibly known to each other."

They also called for anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office or make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay.

The rapper's girlfriend confirmed that his death was a result of an ongoing dispute. She told 10 Tampa Bay: "I knew something was up when I kept on having a bad feeling and he told me he was arguing with somebody."

"They started arguing against and brought it to social media when it shouldn't have gotten that far," she added.

Since his death, tributes to Rollie Band have been pouring in on social media, with many people expressing their sadness that he passed away at such a young age.

"Rest in paradise to Rollie Bands. So sad and senseless. He should still be alive," one person tweeted, while another wrote: "To Rollie Bands. Miss you man, gone too soon."

"Sending love and support to Rollie Bands family and lived ones today," added a third.

Featured Image Credit: B Christopher / Alamy