SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — The Shreveport rapper known as “Hurricane Chris” has been arrested and charged with fatally shooting a man outside of a Shreveport convenience store early Friday morning.
According to the Shreveport Police Violent Crimes Unit, 31-year-old Christopher Dooley, of Shreveport, was arrested Friday morning and charged with one count of Second Degree Murder.
The shooting happened shortly after 1 a.m. at the Texaco in the 2600 block of Hollywood Ave.
When officers arrived they found a man who had been shot multiple times. He was taken to Ochsner LSU Health where he later died from his injuries.
According to SPD investigators, Dooley made claims of self-defense after an alleged struggle over his vehicle. Video footage of the incident led detectives to believe that Dooley did not act in self-defense.
Investigators also learned that the vehicle that the victim was allegedly trying to steal did not belong to Dooley. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Texas.
Dooley was also charged with one count of illegal possession of stolen things.
According to SPD, Dooley was being held without bond at the city jail. Online jail records did not indicate if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
The Shreveport native, who is the godson of former Democratic state Rep. Barbara Norton, is best known for his 2007 album “51/50 Ratchet,” which includes his hit single, “A Bay Bay.” That track’s music video has nearly 30 million views on YouTube.
Norton infamously brought Hurricane Chris to the floor of the Louisiana House in 2009 to sing a version of his song “Halle Berry (She’s Fine).”
“Hurricane came back to Shreveport as a teenager after becoming famous in his music, and what he did was, he went to many of the nursing homes. He gave out gifts to the senior citizens. So he gave big screen televisions out and he made them aware of how he grew up in the community and he wanted to do something in the community.”
At the time, Norton held him up as a role model for the state.
“I felt that because of what he was doing for the community, I felt like the State of Louisiana should give him a resolution that said thank you for coming back to give back to your community. It didn’t have to be Hurricane, it could have been John Doe. It could have been whoever it was, if they had come back to the community and had given back like he did at no cost, at a young age at 17 or 17 and a half or whatever that teenager was, I would have done the same thing.”
On Friday, Norton clarified that she had not heard from him in at least two years and that she is not technically his godparent, as there was never an official ceremony.
“There are so many, many children I’ve worked with over the years and all of them call me their godmother because of the respect that they have for me and because of the respect I have for them.”