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Rapper A$AP Rocky arrested in connection with 2021 shooting

A$AP Rocky performs in March in New York City. (John Lamparski/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Police Department arrested Rakim Mayers, better known as the 33-year-old rapper A$AP Rocky, on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a 2021 shooting.

The artist was apprehended in Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday.

Mayers is a suspect in a shooting in the Hollywood area on Nov. 6, police said in a statement. The victim sustained minor injuries and sought medical treatment. The shooting occurred around 10:15 p.m., after two acquaintances got into an argument, police said.

Police said Mayers and two other men fled the scene on foot. The police department declined further comment.

Mayers was flying into Los Angeles on a private flight from Barbados, where he was vacationing with his pregnant partner Rihanna, the pop star, according to TMZ.

A representative for Mayers had not yet responded to The Washington Post’s request for comment.

The Grammy-nominated rapper, known for songs such as “Fashion Killa,” “1 Train” and “L$D,” is the leader of the New York rap collective A$AP Mob and a frequent collaborator with Kendrick Lamar.

He was previously arrested and detained in Sweden for nearly three weeks after a June 2019 fight in Stockholm.

Several Democratic lawmakers called for his release at the time. They were joined by President Donald Trump, who said on Twitter: “Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being unable to act. Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States. I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly! #FreeRocky.”

He later added, “Give A$AP Rocky his FREEDOM. We do so much for Sweden but it doesn’t seem to work the other way around. Sweden should focus on its real crime problem! #FreeRocky.”

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Trump also worked behind the scenes with Swedish and American officials in an attempt to secure the artist’s release. During the November 2019 impeachment hearings, the rapper’s name arose several times.

In August 2019, Mayers was found guilty of assault and given a conditional sentence that required him to pay damages to the victim and placed Mayers on a two-year probationary period.

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