From Courthouse News:
Lil Wayne’s former tour bus driver claims in court that he was caught in the crosshairs of a feud when the rapper’s buses were shot by another hip-hop artist.
Alvin Lewis filed a lawsuit in Cobb County State Court on Nov. 16 against rappers Peewee Roscoe, Young Thug and Birdman, as well as Cash Money Records and Young Money Records.
Before the shooting last year, nonparty Lil Wayne performed at the Compound night club in Atlanta. According to the complaint, a confrontation arose between Roscoe’s crew and Lil Wayne’s crew, with Roscoe allegedly saying, “This is my city, keep fucking around and I’ll spray the bus.”
Atlanta police escorted the buses until they left Fulton County, after which Roscoe pursued in his white Chevrolet Camaro and fired multiple shots into the buses, Lewis claims.
“When the white Camaro pulled beside the buses, gunshots were fired at the 12 individuals in the buses, from the white Camaro with a .40 caliber handgun and a 9mm handgun,” the complaint states.
Roscoe, whose real name is Jimmy Carlton Winfrey, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting at the buses on Interstate 285 near Interstate 75.
Before and after the shooting, Roscoe allegedly placed calls to Young Thug and Birdman, whose real names are Jeffery Lamar Williams and Bryan Williams, respectively. Lewis claims neither of them “repudiated Winfrey’s heinous acts.”
Nobody was injured, but the April 26, 2015, shooting caused more than $20,000 in damages to the buses, according to Lewis’ complaint, which says the shooting was gang-related.
Lewis says he “has suffered and continues to suffer substantial and continuing pain, anguish, suffering, discomfort, medical expenses, lost personal and professional property, and lost wages.”
“Defendants placed plaintiff in immediate fear of death and severe bodily harm by attacking and attempting to kill him without any just provocation or cause,” the complaint states.
Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, was a passenger on one of the buses.
Lewis seeks an unspecified amount of damages for claims of assault and battery, interference with a business relationship and infliction of emotional distress. He is represented by New York City-based attorney Jeffrey Gewirtz.
Representatives for Cash Money Records and Young Money records could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning.