Antonio Martin shooting

What We Know About The Antonio Martin Shooting So Far

Antonio Martin, 18, was fatally shot by a police officer in Berkeley, MO, last night (Dec. 23). Just miles from where the Ferguson shooting of Mike Brown took place, Martin was reportedly gunned down after pointing a handgun at officers, who arrived at a Mobil gas station after responding to a larceny call. The six-year veteran shooting officer’s name has not been released. As details continue to roll in about the events that took place, here is a roundup of everything we know so far in regards to Martin’s killing: According to St. Louis Police Chief Jon Belmar, Martin "produced a pistol with his arm straight out, pointing it straight at the officer,” who then pulled out his own gun. After attempting to back away, the officer fell, dropped his flashlight and fired at least three shots, one of which police say struck a tire of the patrol car. Officials do not believe Martin fired any shots. [Video via Mediaite]

Video footage of the altercation has been released by the St. Louis Police Department. A second subject was at the scene, but fled. The shooting officer was assigned a body camera, but did not put it on. The patrol car was equipped with a dashboard camera, which police are unsure was activated. [USA Today]

A 9mm handgun was found on the scene. Investigators say is was “defaced,” meaning its serial numbers had been removed. Toni Martin, Martin’s mother, stated that her son did not have a gun, and was just leaving the house to see his girlfriend. [KDSK, The Guardian]

With tensions already high between police and St. Louis residents, a crowd of people gathered at the gas station. "I can see about 50 cop cars, they're fighting and scuffling, the highway is blocked with cars, people are being arrested," photographer Bradley Rayford said. Bricks and fireworks were reportedly thrown, Belmar reports that at least four people were arrested this morning. [NBC News] According to his mother, Martin had been expelled from school, but was on track to get his education in order. She had been encouraging him to attend a Job Corps program. Martin’s father, Jerome Green, also commented on his son’s death. "He was supposed to come home. We're getting ready for holiday; everyone wanted to see him. My grandmother hadn't seen him for a while.” [CNN]

From the Web

More on Vibe

Getty Images

Bobby Brown Reacts To King Of R&B Debate, Challenges Jacquees To A “Battle”

Jacquees may have found the perfect way to keep R&B fans riled up. The 24-year-old Atlanta crooner had the internet in a heated debate after he feverishly proclaimed himself the “new king” of R&B, and it looks like his words caught Bobby Brown's attention.

Brown, who humbly proclaimed himself an outgoing king of the genre, weighed in on the throne debate by challenging Jacquees to a live music battle. “If you want the title, battle me,” Brown told TMZ on Monday (Dec. 17).

“I really didn’t want to talk about it,” added Brown. “But I’ve been seeing it on Instagram and social media.”

The 49-year-old  singer went on to drop a few names of artists that he feels are more deserving of the crown, like Chris Brown and Usher. Brown also made it clear that Jacquees has a lot of work to do before he can fall in the same category as his R&B predecessors. “He’s not even recognizable. I don't even know his music.”

Check out Brown's full comments on Jacquees in the video below.

READ MORE: Jacquees Denounces Keith Sweat As The King Of R&B In Awkward Exchange

Continue Reading
Getty Images

TLC's Chilli Praises Cardi B For How She's Dealing With Offset Break Up

TLC's Chilli is sending love and light to Cardi B amid the rapper's recent break up with Offset. In a new interview with People, Chilli praised the rapper for handling her public situation much better than she handled her break up with Usher in 2003.

"I have gone through a public breakup, and it is not easy," Chilli, whose real name is Rozanda Thomas, said referring to her split from Usher. "When strangers know your business and want to chime in while you’re still dealing with the pain yourself, it’s difficult. Breakups are hard on anyone, but can you imagine if strangers knew your business? It’s rough."

Thomas also claimed that Cardi was "braver" than she was as she "just sort of shut down" when her two-year relationship to the R&B crooner ended. "I am proud of her for being strong and standing up for herself during a time that is obviously a very hurtful one," she continued. "She has a strong sense of self. That’s why fans have connected with her this way. She talks about her highs and lows; she is fearless."

Later in the interview, Chilli suggested that she would be open to working with Cardi on new music. "I don’t usually like to collaborate with females, and the reason why is because of Lisa," she added. "That is just a little weird for me, personally. But I think with Cardi B, she is an exception to the rule. TLC and Cardi B all day long. We’ve gotten a lot of love from Cardi. It’s really an honor."

READ MORE: Offset's Father Calls Out Cardi B In Lengthy Facebook Post

Continue Reading
Kevin Winter

Childish Gambino Reveals Father's Death During Concert Tribute

Childish Gambino wrapped his This Is America Tour in Los Angeles on Monday (Dec. 17) with a special tribute to his father, Donald Glover Sr. The multi-talented artist revealed that his dad passed away a couple of weeks ago, and commemorated his life by previewing a new single.

"I lost my father a couple weeks ago," he announced in a video that was posted on Reddit. "I wanted to play him some of the new songs, but he didn't want to hear them, because he was like, 'I know they're going to be great.'"

He added: "I'm not saying that to talk about music — I say that to talk about trust. That's what love is. I hope you guys get to feel that kind of love."

He later previewed one of the songs he wanted to share with his dad, as seen in a video a fan posted on Twitter. The song sounds like an uptempo tune with heavy horn instrumentals.

The announcement comes shortly after Gambino returned to the stage after suffering from a foot injury. Ahead of the tour, the "Feels Like Summer" rapper also announced that his next album would be his last project under the moniker Childish Gambino. It's unclear if the new track will appear on the final album.

Check out Gambino's tribute to his father in the video below.

@donaldglover unreleased song #ChildishGambino #ThisIsAmerica #thisisamericatour pic.twitter.com/ToGHrAnApo

— Alexis Andrade (@alexisarealtor) December 15, 2018

READ MORE: Decoding Childish Gambino's Stunning "This Is America" Visual

Continue Reading

Top Stories