‘Pop, Lock & Drop It’ rapper Huey killed in double shooting in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Huey, a St. Louis rapper best known for his 2006 debut single “Pop, Lock & Drop It,” died Thursday night in a double shooting in Kinloch, Missouri, according to multiple reports. He was 32 years old.

Police responded to reports of a shooting just before 11 p.m. Thursday in front of a home in the 8100 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard, KTVI reported. Before they arrived, a private vehicle rushed Huey, whose real name is Lawrence Franks Jr., to the hospital, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

He was pronounced dead a short while later.

Police told the Post-Dispatch that Huey had been shot at least once. St. Louis County police Sgt. Benjamin Granda told the newspaper a second victim, identified only as a 21-year-old man, went to the Ferguson Police Department after he was shot. Granda said the man’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Authorities did not immediately release a possible motive for the shooting or identify any suspects. The Post-Dispatch reported investigators believe the shooting happened while as many as 10 people were in the front yard.

Huey’s 2006 single “Pop, Lock & Drop It” was a hit nationwide, climbing to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. He told USA Today that he began making beats when he was 15 and that “Pop, Lock & Drop It” was aimed at making people dance.

He is survived by a 13-year-old daughter, according to KTVI.

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