UPDATE: Rapper Cam'ron Is Not a Big Hit With D.C. Police
Rapper Cameron "Cam'ron" Giles will have a new album in stores next month -- but there are no new tracks being laid on who shot him in Washington last fall.
A D.C. police investigation remains stymied, mainly because the victim has not been rapping very harmoniously with detectives.
The shooting happened early Oct. 23, 2005, during Howard University's homecoming weekend. Giles, in town for the festivities, was behind the wheel of his royal blue Lamborghini, stopped at a red light at New York and New Jersey avenues NW. Someone jumped out of a Ford Expedition, he said, and shot him in both arms.
Giles managed to drive away. Soon after his release from Howard University Hospital, Giles, 30, suggested that he staved off a potential carjacking. He boasted: "I didn't give up the car because I paid $250,000 for it."
Police have made no arrests. Sgt. Joe Gentile, a D.C. police spokesman, said that the case remains open and that there is nothing new to report.
It's been a rough 12 months for Giles, during which his latest recording, "Killa Season," got mediocre reviews and he began a beef with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z.
Rumors continue to swirl that the shooting might have been staged to raise Giles's "street cred" and to pump up his career. Police officials say Giles has refused to return their phone calls or come to Washington to assist in their investigation. One commander, Diane Groomes of the 1st Police District, said she understood the probe was "suspended."
"I believe it did get suspended because he never wanted to testify at the grand jury. He never came back to give a statement," Groomes said.
Giles said in e-mail responses to questions last week that he's moving on. He said he's still got some medical issues -- although bullets were removed from his arms, he cannot move a few of his fingers. He expressed little faith in police investigations, citing the unsolved killings of rap legends Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, also known as the Notorious B.I.G.
"It's their job to solve the crime -- not mine," Giles said in the e-mail.
Asked about the whispers that the shooting was staged, he fired back: "You people couldn't possibly be that stupid."
-- Clarence Williams