American rapper, Rakim Mayers, popularly known as A$AP Rocky, has been slammed with assault and weapon charges for the November, 2021 shooting of a former friend, Terell Ephron ‘Relli’, in Los Angeles.

According to the Los Angeles District Attorney, George Gascon, on Monday, 15th August, 2022, the music star was charged with two counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm with allegations of personally using a firearm.

“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” , he said.

American rapper, A$AP Rocky

The rapper was under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, LAPD, for his alleged involvement in a November 6, 2021, shooting, He was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport when he arrived on a private plane from Barbados, where he had been on vacation with his girlfriend, the singer Rihanna  and booked into jail with bail was set at $550,000.

A$AP Rocky and Rihanna

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky had a friendship that has spanned many years, but they officially began dating in November of 2020. A$AP Rocky and Rihanna welcomed their first child, a baby boy on the 13 May 2022.

Story: Hilda Katu