Video footage of DaBaby’s 2018 Walmart shooting has surfaced and gone viral, bringing his self-defense claims into question.
In 2018, Jonathan Lyndal Kirk, known by his rapper name DaBaby, shot and killed 19-year-old Jaylin Craig in a North Carolina Walmart. The rapper claimed it was self-defense, allowing him not to receive murder charges.
However, the newly-surfaced video footage obtained by Rolling Stone raises more questions about DaBaby’s self-defense claims.
The footage clearly shows DaBaby throwing a punch at Craig’s friend, Henry Douglas, fighting him throughout the store. Craig pulls out a gun from his waist but puts it away and attempts to break up the fight.
DaBaby is later seen sliding onto the floor, gun in hand, before getting up and firing a shot. He then tucks the gun into his pants and walks off.
DaBaby shot and killed 19-year-old Jaylin Craig in 2018, a shooting the rapper claims was in self-defense.
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 25, 2022
After the clip went viral, DaBaby responded with a tweet.
The niggas preying on me can’t fuck wit the people praying for me! 🖤💪🏾
— DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) April 25, 2022
According to Rolling Stone, the family of Craig believes their son is innocent and has been seeking justice for him.
“We never hid from nobody. We never [heard] from nobody. Y’all knew our names from a news clip. But nobody ever asked us what was Jaylin like. Nobody,” Craig’s mother, LaWanda Horsey, said.
Craig’s father, Curtis Horsey, added,
“In my eyes, I feel like [Jaylin] was murdered. And [Kirk] got away with it. Everything he [does] is pretty much the same thing. He’s assaulting people. He’s getting away with it. Every case that you look at, they’re dismissing it. Why is he getting off? I don’t look at him as no DaBaby. I look at him like, ‘You’re Jonathan Kirk, and you murdered Jaylin Craig.’”