King Louie Shot in the Head, Management Says He’s Not Dead

Rapper is 'awake and talking'
December 23, 2015 6:31 pm Last Updated: December 23, 2015 8:52 pm

Chicago rapper King Louie was shot in the head on Wednesday, and he reportedly survived, his management told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Sam Charles broke the story, saying that his manager confirmed the shooting.

“Breaking: King Louie’s manager confirms he was shot in the head at 83rd and Pulaski earlier today. He’s awake and talking,” he tweeted.

Louie, whose real name is Louis Johnson, was shot while he was in a car around the 3900 block of West 83rd Street at around 3:30 p.m. local time, his management and Chicago Police told the newspaper.

The Sun-Times reported he was later taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition had stabilized.

A representative said he’s “awake and talking,” but other details about the shooting were not made immediately available.

Rob Markman of The Rob Report also tweeted: “I’m hearing that King Louie is doing fine. Thankfully.” He added, “That’s a good dude.”

The rapper also goes by King L and was featured on the Kanye West track “Send It Up.” He is said to have helped coin and popularize the phrase “Chiraq,” which is in reference to rampant gun violence in Chicago, as SPIN magazine noted.

“I called it Chiraq, but I wasn’t caring about the Chiraq part. I was caring about the Drillinois part; I was caring about the drill movement,” he told Chicago Sun-Times in 2014.

Rap artists tweeted their support for him.

“I believe in the power of prayer and I believe my brother Louie gone be ok,” Chicago-based Chance the Rapper said.

“Whoa… I didn’t know @KingL got shot, no disrespect, I just saw where he tweeted me and was showing love,” rapper Pusha T wrote.

On Twitter, the term “King Louie” was trending, and a large number of people were saying things like “RIP King Louie,” “OMG King Louie died,” and “Is King Louie dead?”

The Chicago Tribune reported that at least four other people were shot in separate shootings across the city on Wednesday. Two were killed

This is a breaking news story. More details will be added as they come.