911 calls from shots fired at an intruder at DaBaby’s home in NC

In a nearly six-minute-long 911 call from Charlotte rapper DaBaby’s home Wednesday night, an unidentified person says they shot an intruder.

“I shot him in the leg,” the unidentified 911 caller said as a person could be heard moaning in the background. “He’s intruding on my property.”

The call led Troutman police officers to the home on Stillwater Road around 6 p.m. 19.45. There, officers found a person with a gunshot wound in their “lower extremities” who were not life-threatening, Chief Josh Watson said.

DaBaby, whose name is Jonathan Kirk, and another unidentified person were at home at the time of the shooting, Watson said. Police said the shooting is an isolated incident and that there was no threat to the community.

The identity of the person who was shot has not been disclosed. The 911 caller told the sender that an intruder was “neutralized” and that he had given the injured person something to put pressure on the gunshot wound.

It was not clear Friday morning whether DaBaby was the person who fired the gun.

Around noon, DaBaby posted a clip on his Instagram from the 2002 film “Paid in Full,” and the caption said he “chose not to take” a person’s “life the other day, and it felt great.”

“Buddy does not deserve to go, I’m stepping up fairly,” DaBaby’s post read. “Get up and live my boy. Just do not bring you back.”

The 911 call receiver refers to the caller as “sir”, but the voices in the sound released by Iredell County Emergency Communications are distorted, so it’s unclear if it’s DaBaby on the line.

“I do not know what he is here for. I do not know what he is here to do, but he is shot,” the 911 caller said.

Asked if the man is injured and bleeding after being shot, he says to the sender: “I would say yes, bro.” And adds later, “Yeah, I can not hear all the questions you’re asking because he’s over here screaming bridge, like you’re just getting someone here,” referring to paramedics.

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Charlotte rapper DaBaby’s home was the scene of a shooting on April 13, 2022. DaBaby, whose name is Jonathan Kirk, was at home at the time. Authorities in Iredell County have released the 911 call. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

911 call about shooting in DaBaby’s home

The caller told the broadcast that he had shot a man on the football field at the house and that the man may have jumped over a fence to enter the property. “He had to violate someone else’s property to get to my property at all, ”said the caller.

The exterior of the property is surrounded by a high concrete wall. A building permit from Iredell County also shows that five guard stations were built at the house in 2021.

In the 911 call, the sender asked the caller to “secure” his firearm. The caller replies that the gun is “safe” but refuses to put it away completely.

“I’m not putting it down with this intruder right here on my property,” the caller said. “I do not. I do not know who he brought with him.”

Only one person was taken to a hospital by the Iredell County EMS, Troutman Police said in a press release and a post on the agency’s Facebook page.

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A “No Trespassing” sign set up outside Charlotte rapper DaBaby’s home in Troutman, NC says “We have guns and shovels.” DaBaby’s home was the scene of a shooting on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Three times the call is interrupted and the operator is heard in the recording calling back twice and trying to convince the caller to stay on the line. They seem to think that the caller hung up on purpose every time.

“Sir, I need you to stay in line with me,” they say.

The caller argues and says they should have their second phone, open the gate and make sure there are no further intruders on the property. Before the last interruption of the call, he heard the 911 sender say:

“He’s right here. He’s still fine and he’s still breathing. Hear me when you all come here and you all save this man’s life. And get this man off my property.”

Observer tried to contact DaBaby and the South Coast Music Group for a comment, but did not receive a response Friday.

This story was originally published April 15, 2022 at 11.10.

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Jonathan Limehouse is a breaking news reporter covering all major events in the Charlotte area. He has covered a litany of other beats from public safety, education, public health and sports. He is a proud UNC Charlotte graduate and a native of Raleigh.

Kallie Cox covers public safety for The Charlotte Observer. They grew up in Springfield, Illinois and went to school at SIU Carbondale. They reported on police accountability and LGBTQ immigration barriers to the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. And they previously worked at The Southern Illinoisan before moving to Charlotte.

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