A man suspected of fatally shooting rapper BTB Savage has been taken into custody in Houston, authorities said.
On April 11, Houston police announced that Montrel Lenard Burley, 40, turned himself in after being charged with murder and his photo made headlines.
Burley is accused of fatally shooting 26-year-old BTB Savage, real name Darrell Gentry, in a drive-by shooting in the Texas town on March 30.
Witnesses said two suspects in a black Subaru SUV opened fire on the rapper’s vehicle and then fled at high speed. “The second suspect is unknown,” police said in a statement.
Burley is being held on $1 million bond, according to Harris County jail records.
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BTB Savage was shot while driving in the 2100 block of Mid Lane. He suffered at least one gunshot wound, police said. Paramedics responded and declared him dead at the scene.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner described the shooting as a “targeted incident” due to the number of casings on the ground.
Investigators used surveillance footage of nearby businesses and homes to identify a suspect.
Filming took place just hours after BTB Savage photo publisheds on Instagram and Twitter of the bloodstained scene where he said he and his girlfriend killed a would-be thief in self-defense.
In a March 26 interview with DJ Vlad, the up-and-coming rapper said he met two men to discuss working on a song together, but he immediately noticed something was wrong.
“They were just talking and looking around my crib,” he said. “I thought that was a little weird.”
One of the men pretended to have forgotten something and left. The other man asked about a chain BTB was wearing, the rapper said. An argument broke out and he said the man told him, “I’m going to shoot you.”
He added that the would-be thief was begging for help after a fight, but he told the man: “I don’t care about you. You are going to die.”
The rapper’s grieving mother, Bernita Ward, later told Houston television station ABC13 that she believed her son was shot in retaliation for killing the other man and posted the photos on social media.
The inquest into the rapper’s death is ongoing.
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