Social media lit up on June 28th with reports that dancehall artiste Rygin King was in hospital but what exactly happened to the 25-year-old?
Dancehall artiste, Rygin King, is in hospital after a shooting in Westmoreland, Jamaica.
The 25-year-old was rushed to hospital on the afternoon of Sunday, June 28th after the incident in Struie District, Westmoreland.
King was one of two people wounded in the incident, while a third, reportedly King’s girlfriend, was killed.
Following news of the attack, messages of support quickly spread online for the popular Montego Bay-based singer while videos emerged online of King being rushed through Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in a critical condition.
What happened to Rygin King?
According to the Jamaican Gleaner, Rygin King, whose real name is Matthew Smith, was travelling from his home in Norwood, St James through Westmoreland to a function in a neighbouring parish with his girlfriend, a 25-year-old male, two children as well as an extended group of people in a three-car convoy.
At around 2pm, one of the cars in King’s entourage reportedly collided with another vehicle on the Struie main road which caused the convoy to stop for around 45 minutes.
During the stoppage, an unidentified man, armed with a handgun, arrived on the scene and reportedly hurled insults at King before opening fire on the singer and his entourage.
King and the other 25-year-old male were injured and taken to Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland while a 28-year-old female – who has been identified as Sashalee Blackwood, reportedly King’s girlfriend – died as a result of the injuries she sustained.
Following the incident, worrying videos emerged on social media showing the King collapsing on the street as well as being wheeled through hospital en route to have emergency surgery.
It is understood that the gunman, who has not yet been identified, escaped from the scene.
King is in a stable condition
A recent update from Urban Islandz confirms that King is now in a stable condition following emergency surgery.
It is understood that the 25-year-old is awake and talking although the extent of his injuries is unconfirmed.
Social media reaction
It’s safe to say that the incident on June 28th has been an eye-widening one for fans of the 25-year-old King and messages of support quickly flooded in from supporters as well as fellow musicians.
God is good all the time…. let’s keep the prayers going not only Rygin king, but all those who are suffering.🙏🙏— nadier (@nadier_johnosn) June 29, 2020