Keak Da Sneak, Bay Area Rapper, Is Shot

August 21, 2017 Updated: August 21, 2017    

A popular Bay Area rapper was critically wounded in a shooting in Richmond, California.

According to the East Bay Times, Keak Da Sneak, whose real name is Charles Williams, was wounded several times and was found in front of a closed 76 Gas station.

Officers responded to the scene at 5:30 a.m. on Monday after getting a call that shots were fired, said Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan.

He was hospitalized, and his injuries are life-threatening, Tan told the East Bay Times.

KTVU reported that he is recovering after surgery.

Police have not yet identified any suspects. They didn’t speculate on whether the shooting was a drive-by.

The rapper, in the early 2000s, helped popularize the hyphy rap style.