Why would a flamboyant New York rapper driving a 2006 royal blue Lamborghini and wearing $200,000 worth of diamond dripping jewelry be shot in the urban streets of the nation’s capital?
That’s the question now at the heart of the police investigation into the shooting of Cameron “Cam’ Ron” Giles. Giles, in D.C. for Howard University’s annual homecoming festivities and a celebrity-laced party, was shot in both arms early Sunday morning as he drove alone from club H20 to another party at club Love. A caravan of his friends and fellow rappers followed in another car behind..
Known more for wearing the color pink than for anything that would warrant his nickname “Killa Cam” or “Killa Season,” the name of his forthcoming album-Giles pulled to a traffic light at New York and New Jersey Avenues, according to D.C. police, after his cohorts had fallen behind.
A Ford Expedition pulled alongside the rapper, and one of the two passenger got out of the sports utility vehicle, police said. But when the man tried to take the sports car, Giles sped away, cursing, and was wounded in his arms.
A protective services officer patrolling the area pursued the two men in the SUV, police said, until the SUV hit a parked car and a house in the 600 block of U Street NW. The men, trapped in the car, shot out a window and escaped.
Police, who say they have collected evidence but made no arrests, initially said they believed the assailants were trying to carjack Giles. But on Tuesday, police reportedly said in light of new information they have not settled on that motive.
Among the other motives investigators are said to be exploring are the shooting was an attempted execution, retaliation for a perceived slight or an incidence of road rage.
“If you are going to carjack a car, you don’t shoot first. You try to get the driver out of the car," one police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Washington Post. "You also wouldn’t do that in front of people."
But Giles’ camp maintains the stance Giles took Sunday when he was released from Howard University Hospital as rappers of his label, Diplomat Records, and his entourage joined him outside the hospital.
“It was a sloppy job on their part,” Giles, who wore his glittery jewelry and knew he still possessed his Lamborghini, said for the cameras and reporters. “They didn’t get anything.”