Kodak Black lied to get guns before Pompano Beach shooting, authorities say

Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel on

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- South Florida rapper Kodak Black lied on official documents in January when he applied to buy three weapons, one of which was found at the scene of a Pompano Beach shooting in March, according to federal investigators.

A rival rap artist was the apparent target of the shooting, which happened in Golden Acres, the neighborhood where Kodak Black grew up, investigators said. But no one was wounded.

Kodak Black, who was born Dieuson Octave and had his name legally changed to Bill K. Kapri, was arrested last week on his way to the Rolling Loud Festival at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. A federal judge set a $500,000 bond, and Kapri remains in custody in Miami-Dade County. He's charged with making a false statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm.

Kapri lied at least three times when he purchased a Century Arms Mini Draco Romanian pistol, a 9 mm Sig MPXK9 pistol, and a .380 Sig P238 pistol from a gun store in Hialeah on Jan. 25, according to investigators.

He was required to answer whether he was under indictment, whether he had ever been convicted of a felony, and whether he was an unlawful user of a controlled substance.

In each case, according to federal prosecutors, Kapri lied by answering no. Kapri is under indictment in South Carolina for a 2017 rape, was convicted of a 2013 carjacking as a juvenile and has a history of marijuana use.

Prosecutors outlined the alleged deceptions in a motion to have Kapri's bail offer rescinded and keep him in custody.

Investigators didn't identify the rival rap artist who was the intended target of the shooting. According to investigators, the gun found was the 9 mm pistol that Kapri had purchased in January.


The bullets still were in the gun. The vehicle that witnesses said was used during the shooting had been rented to Kapri days earlier, investigators said.

"It does not appear from the defendant's criminal history that the defendant has ever complied with the conditions of his release," federal prosecutors Bruce Brown and Ariana Fajardo Orshan wrote in court papers urging a judge to revoke bail. "The defendant's pattern is to be arrested, get released, get arrested, get released, get arrested, get released, and so on and so on."

Kapri's attorney, Bradford Cohen, declined to comment Monday.

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