One shot at Gainesville rap concert, GPD looking for suspect

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- 5:30 p.m. UPDATE: The victim of the shooting was released from the hospital earlier today and is expected to make a full recovery.

3:45 p.m. UPDATE: Gainesville Police have identified the suspect wanted for attempted homicide at a rap concert Saturday night.

Jonathan Smith, 46, also known as "Jock Smooth," is believed to be armed and dangerous. GPD officials say Smith was one of the event coordinators for the Boosie Badazz concert at the Heart of the City Hookah Lounge on the 1200 block of East University Ave.

Police say Smith got into an argument with another event coordinator during the concert. Smith pulled a gun on the victim and fired multiple shots at him, hitting him once in the chest.

GPD units were on scene monitoring the concert at the time of the shooting. Smith fled on foot and is now being sought on charges of attempted homicide.

The victim was taken to an area hospital where he is being treated and is expected to live.

GPD officials say the public should not approach Smith if he is seen. Instead, they say to call 9-1-1 and provide his location.

No concertgoers were injured in the shooting.
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ORIGINAL STORY: One man was shot in a dispute between organizers of a Gainesville rap concert Saturday night, Gainesville Police Department officials have confirmed.

The concert, which was featuring rapper Lil Boosie, took place at a hookah lounge in the 1200 block of East University Ave. The shooting did not involve concertgoers.

GPD responded to the location in the early morning hours Sunday. Officials say there was a single victim who was transported to a local hospital. That victim is alive and was speaking with investigators Sunday.

Officials TV20 spoke with say the hookah lounge opened recently, and that Lil Boosie was contracted to perform at the concert.

Police are still searching for the suspected shooter and have not released details. More information, including the suspect's name, is expected to be released Sunday afternoon.

The ticket sales company Eventbrite listed the following information on their website about the event:
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BOOSIE LIVE IN CONCERT
by JOCK SMOOTH ENTERTAINMENT, TRICIRCLE MUSIC GROUP, & XCLUSIVE ENT Presents
The Biggest Concert/Block Party The City Has Ever Seen

- 18 and up to party
- 21 and up to drink
- No weapons or drugs allowed
- ID and credit used for purchase must be presented at the door

DATE AND TIME
Sat, Nov 3, 2018, 10:00 PM –
Sun, Nov 4, 2018, 4:00 AM EDT

LOCATION
(HOTC) HEART OF THE CITY
1221 East University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32641
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This story will be updated as new information becomes available.