On Tuesday four men were shot in Jacksonville, Florida - and three ended up dead. All four men were rising hip hop stars. And the shooting occurred shortly after the men posted "FLOSS PICS" on social media.
"An unknown vehicle pulled up next to the victims' vehicle and the shooting began," Lt. Craig Waldrup of the Jacksonville Police said, noting their car was riddled with bullet holes.
It's unclear if there was any returned fire. The four men apparently ate dinner at a nearby restaurant, according to some of the hundreds of social media posts from friends and family. Staff at that restaurant did not want to comment when contacted by the local paper, the Times-Union.
Three men were killed - all aspiring rappers - Trevon Bullard, 18; Royale D’Von Smith Jr., 18; and Jercoby Da’Shad Groover, 19. A fourth man - rapper Yungeen Ace was shot and is CRITICAL CONDITION.
Here are two of the deceased:
According to the Jacksonville Sherriff's office, Yungeen Ace is a known gang member.
Sheriff Mike Williams said this is another example of what happens to some young adults involved in the wrong end of the music industry.
The local news affiliate report said, "The Sheriff's Office said detectives have determined that the teenagers were targeted based on an ongoing dispute between two groups and the shooting was not a random act of violence."
Sheriff Mike Williams told News4Jax that two of the four men shot have ties to a known gang.
"Not a random act of violence, obviously," Williams said. "It's a tragedy, but one that could have been avoided."