The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges on Thursday. The rapper, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, will face one felony count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. Per the statement, Peterson is also facing a gun allegation and that he “personally inflicted great bodily injury.”
If convicted, Peterson could face a maximum sentence of 22 years and eight months in state prison. He is set to be arraigned October 13th. Both a rep for Peterson and a lawyer for Megan Thee Stallion declined to comment.
On Sunday July 12th, Peterson was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department when they responded to calls of shots being fired in a Hollywood Hills neighborhood. Peterson was charged with concealing a firearm in a vehicle and bonded out the next day while law enforcement continued to investigate the matter. In a press release, the LAPD stated that “one person was transported to the hospital and received medical treatment for a foot injury,” with TMZ reporting that Megan Thee Stallion was the person injured.
Three days later, Megan released an Instagram statement to denounce the mounting rumors and reveal that the shot she sustained to her foot was intentional and done to harm her. “The narrative that is being reported about Sunday morning’s events are inaccurate and I’d like to set the record straight,” Megan wrote. “On Sunday morning, I suffered gunshot wounds, as a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me. I was never arrested, the police officers drove me to the hospital where I underwent surgery to remove the bullets.”