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Rapper Chief Keef Questioned About Shooting That Took Place On One His Manager’s Property


The house where a shooting took place in Northfield early today is rented by the manager of troubled rapper Chief Keef, said Viktor Mehta, who manages the property for the owner.

Northfield police said this afternoon that the shooting remains under investigation, and asked anyone with information to contact the department at 847-441-3842. No one has been arrested, a police spokeswoman said, but police said the shooting “appears to be isolated and we believe the community is safe.”

Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, was a passenger in the vehicle that dropped off the shooting victim at NorthShore Skokie Hospital overnight, according to the rapper’s lawyer, Leah Starkman.

Her client was questioned in connection with the shooting on Wednesday at the Northfield police station, she said. Starkman didn’t know the circumstances of the shooting, but insisted the rapper wasn’t involved.

“He wasn’t even a witness,” she said. “He didn’t see anything.”

When asked how Chief Keef knew the victim, Starkman said the victim was “some sort of acquaintance.”

Authorities earlier reported that the person was recovering in the ICU at NorthShore Skokie Hospital and later said the person is in stable condition.

The North Regional Major Crimes Task Force and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office have been brought in to help with the investigation.

Happ Road between Old Willow and Southgate is closed off to “facilitate an ongoing police investigation,” Northfield village officials said in an email. Residents will be allowed through to get to their homes.

Residents on the block have said that their neighborhood has been beset by noise and traffic problems that they blame on the residents of the home in question. Neighbors said Chief Keef fans will drive by, honk their horns and yell out his name.

Keef has had several recent scraps with the law. He had recently been released from court supervision in Cook County following earlier arrests and failed drug tests when he was arrested in Highland Park last week and charged with DUI, according to authorities.

Cozart could not be reached.

Mehta, who manages the Northfield property, said he received a call from police this morning informing him that there had been a shooting at the house. Police were scarce on details, he said, adding that they told him the victim was recovering in the hospital, and they were still investigating.

Mehta said Chief Keef’s manager, who lives in the palatial home with his family, has been renting the house for about a year. Mehta said the manager was behind on rent and told him it was because his client was in rehab. He said he had no other problems with the tenants before this incident.

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Source: Chicago Tribune


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