A$AP Rocky charged with assault over shooting of former friend

A$AP Rocky has been charged for an alleged assault with a firearm against a former friend back in November, a Los Angeles County District Attorney announced on Monday.

"Discharging a gun in a public place is a serious offense that could have ended with tragic consequences not only for the person targeted but also for innocent bystanders visiting Hollywood," District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. "My office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case and determined that the addition of a special firearm allegation was warranted."

The 33-year-old rapper, born Rakim Mayers, faces two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm with allegations of personally using a firearm.

Rocky allegedly pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the victim -- A$AP Relli, born Terell Ephron, a member of his A$AP Mob collective, according to Rolling Stone -- during a heated discussion in Hollywood. In a subsequent confrontation between the parties, Mayers allegedly drew the semi-automatic handgun and fired twice in the direction of the victim, prosecutors said.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, Robbery/Homicide Division.

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