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Shooting Down The House

Gunshots fired at Puff Daddy's Manhattan recording studio, Daddy's House

October 5, 1999 12:00 AM ET

At 1:30, Friday morning, shots were fired upon Puff Daddy's Manhattanrecording studio. Daddy's House, while the CEO himself was away in Florida. According to the New York Post, the gunshots were fired through the front door, and while no one was directly struck by the gunfire, glass shards from the shattered door injured one woman. The Post went on to suggest that the intended target of the shooting was Shyne, The Bad Boy MC who sounds remarkably like Biggie, who'd gotten into an altercation with the unknown assailants earlier that evening at a night club.

Lil' Kim and Lil' Cease were recording in the studio at the time, both of whom released a statement denying any other involvement with the shooting. Police have yet to determine suspects or a motive for the shooting.

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