May 21, 2005 -- Two men connected to rapper 50 Cent's G Unit crew were injured -- including one seriously -- after a shootout in front of a Queens, N.Y. nightclub late Thursday night, according the New York Daily News.
Jesse Brown, 21, was shot in the chest, left arm and buttocks, while Nicholas Sloane, 21, was hit once in the thigh. Both were in stable condition on Friday. The third man, 24-year-old Leroy Pressley drove the two injured men to Jamaica Hospital.
The men were sitting in a black Chevy Suburban SUV outside of Club Adventura in Jamaica Queens after 11:30 p.m. on Thursday night when shots rang out. Police found thirteen 9mm shell casings on the scene.
Pressley, the driver, was arrested 90 minutes later by police after they recovered weapons, ammunition, and a bulletproof Kevlar vest hidden beneath the shot up SUV, police said. They also matched a glove found on the scene to one in Pressley's pocket.
Police sources told the Daily News that the men have been under police surveillance and invesigators have connected them to platinum-selling 50 Cent's G Unit crew.
Detectives are investigating whether the shooting is related to the rap industry. 50 Cent, the South Jamaica Queens rapper who boasts of being shot nine times and surviving, and his G Unit crew have been repeatedly involved in shootings and confrontations. In February, a shootout occurred in front of New York's Hot 97-FM after 50 appeared on a radio show there.
Ironically, 50 Cent's new video game, Bulletproof, made a huge stir at the E3 Expo gaming convention in Los Angeles this week. The game, which features original tracks by the rapper, shows him donning a bulletproof vest and brandishing weapons along with G Unit rappers Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and newcomer Tony Yayo.