Benzino blames ‘money, jealousy and envy’ for shooting

    Benzino photo by Kevin Goolsby“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Benzino is healing after being shot during his mother’s funeral procession on Saturday.

    Benzino had reportedly planned to miss his own mother’s going home services to avoid family drama, but the trouble found him anyway, according to The Boston Globe.

    “I looked over; there was a car and all I saw was a gun shooting at me,” Benzino told The Globe from his hospital bed. “I was trying to duck and dodge, drive around it.”

    Benzino was shot in the shoulder and back when seven or eight rounds of gunfire were directed towards his car. Benzino’s nephew, Gai Scott, is suspected of the crime.

    “I didn’t want to be around them,” Benzino said. “I felt like I didn’t want any problems. I can love my mother and there doesn’t have to be any problems with family.”

    After being hit and fleeing from the vehicle, another one of Benzino’s relatives picked him up and drove him to the police station.

    Benzino’s nephew has been charged with armed assault with intent to murder, but will be pleading not guilty, his attorney told The Globe.

    Benzino wasn’t specific about the family drama, but the dispute apparently stems from financial disagreements over the care of his mother.

    Though he opted not to attend the funeral, Benzino said he mourned his mother in private Saturday morning during the wake.

    While he was aware that tensions were high, Benzino said he was surprised that the bad blood ran so deep.

    “You hear about these things, but you never think it could happen to you. At the end of the day, my mom was in my corner,” said Benzino who blamed “money, jealousy and envy” for the drama.

    Get more from Benzino from The Boston Globe.

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