Rema Ma charged with attempted murder

Rema Ma turned herself in yesterday (July 14) for attempted murder.

The 26-year-old rapper was out celebrating a friend’s birthday on Friday, when she noticed money missing from her wallet. She accused her friend, Makeda Barnes-Joseph, of taking it, and the dispute escalated, resulting in Ma allegedly shooting Barnes-Joseph twice in the abdomen at close range. The Terror Squad member then peeled out in her Escalade, only to crash it a few blocks down and flee in a taxi.

”I ask everyone to keep an open mind,” said Ma’s attorney Scott Leemon. ”Things are not always as they seem.”

She is being charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Barnes-Joseph is said to be in stable condition.

Update: Concrete Loop posted this collage of (clockwise from left): 1.) Ma and Barnes-Joseph, 2.) The blue Escalade Ma crashed shortly after the shooting, and 3.) the pizza place where the party was.

The site also reports, via the NY Daily News, that the spat was over $2,000, and that Barnes-Joseph screamed, “Please don’t let me die!” as she lay bleeding on the ground next to her car.

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