Oak Cliff rapper Yella Beezy shot on Sam Rayburn Tollway in Lewisville
A man was shot at more than a dozen times while driving on the Sam Rayburn Tollway early Sunday, Lewisville police say.
Officers found the wounded man about 3:30 a.m. along the State Highway 121 Bypass. He was driving on the tollway when he was fired on more than a dozen times by someone in a vehicle that pulled up next to him, police said.
Police identified the victim as Deandre Conway, and managers for Oak Cliff rapper Yella Beezy confirmed the performer had been shot Sunday.
Police said Conway was struck three times and taken to a nearby hospital. He was alive and breathing when Lewisville detectives contacted him.
Police have not determined a motive for the shooting, Capt. Dan Rochelle said. No arrests have been made.
In September, Yella Beezy opened for Beyonce and Jay-Z when the couple made a tour stop in Arlington.
Shortly after that concert, his song "That's On Me" rose to the No. 1 record spot for mainstream rap/R&B radio, according to Rolling Stone.
Dallas hip-hop station K-104 (KKDA) started playing "That's On Me" in March, and from there, other stations started catching on, Rolling Stonereported.
In interviews, the rapper has spoken about struggles during his childhood, including his dad's death when he was 12. He mentioned his dad in his song "Dawg These Hoes," where he raps: "I'm Tony Conway's son."
"I appreciate everything I went through because that made me who I am now," he said in an interview with VladTV.
Staff writer Claire Z. Cardona contributed to this report.