King Louie shooting: rapper addresses gun violence in Chicago during CNN interview
He told news anchor Don Lemon in the video above that he was leaving his friend’s house when someone started shooting at his car. “They said [the gunman] shot 22 times, and I was hit seven times. Three of the slugs are still with me today — two in my chest, one in my head.”
Addressing the social climate in Chicago, King Louie said, “The devil’s working overtime,” referring to the “evil” and prominent gun violence. “I think there’s hope for Chicago,” he continued. “I don’t think I’d be here today if it wasn’t for prayer so I deeply appreciate all the prayers people had made for me, my family, ’cause they kept me strong and got me through my situation.”
The 27-year-old artist posted photos and Christmas wishes from his hospital bed as he recovered from his attack. “IM STAYING STRONG 4 MY FAMILY & THOSE WHO R PRAYING 4 ME,” he wrote on Instagram.
King Louie is involved in Chicago Ideas Week’s Music Vs. Gun Violence, a social movement that aims to prevent gun violence in Chicago through the power of music. The rapper joined Common, Katie Got Bandz, and Lil Herb for a “Put the Guns Down” music video from The Twilight Tone, which can be seen below.
The video’s caption reads, “If music can motivate someone to pick up a gun, can it inspire them to put the gun down?”