SUITLAND, Md. — According to AP News, an 18-year-old man fatally shot near his home in Suitland was an up-and-coming rapper.
Prince George’s County police say Douglas Brooks was found fatally shot outside an apartment complex early Sunday morning. Brooks’ manager, Kevin Baldwin, of the record label M.O.P3, tells The Washington Post that Brooks was better known as Swipey.
Baldwin says Swipey had already performed alongside rappers including Fat Joe and Wale, a Washington native.
“It’s just sad, he was a young man that was aspiring to be a young artist,” said Tony Redz, an on-air personality at WPGC, CBS Radio in D.C. “He’s done more in his lifetime than most artists that are 20-30-years-old.”
The video for Swipey’s song “Intro” has been viewed more than 130,000 times on YouTube and was shot in and around the Washington area.
Baldwin says Brooks graduated from high school but decided to pursue a career in music instead of attending Morgan State University.
Swipey just released his biggest mixed tape, “Sorry Not Sorry,” last month. He was featured on Good Morning Washington in June as a spotlight performer for WPGC’s Birthday Bash.
Police say they don’t believe Brooks’ slaying was a random act of violence. Officers found Swipey outside his apartment on Parkway Terrace Drive just after 1 a.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead on scene.
“A very good artist, I definitely wish he was the next thing out of the DMV,” said DJ 320, with WINDC Radio.
DJ 320 said Swipey was just on his show last week.
He was also somewhat of a regular at WPGC, hanging out with Redz and performing on the ADHD Show.
“He performed and he put on a great show, and he stayed and shook every kid’s hand and took every picture, and that to me touched my heart,” Redz said. “I just feel like it’s a tragedy when someone has no respect for humanity or no respect for life itself.”
Swipey grew up in SE Washington and was quickly becoming a rising star.
“RIP Swipey, condolences to his family and friends that lost him as well,” DJ 320 said.
No arrests have been made. Police are working to identify the suspect(s) involved. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment.
In developing news, According to. (ABC7) — Days after Douglas Brooks was gunned down on Parkway Terrace Dr., Prince George’s police returned to the Suitland neighborhood to remind the community that a killer is still out there.
Brooks, who went by the stage name “Swipey”, was found with multiple gunshot wounds; not far from his mother’s apartment. According to Corporal Harry Bond, investigators are looking for four to five suspects in connection to the rising star’s murder. So far, a motive has not been determined.
“We want to stress to the community that we are out here doing everything we can to find the individual responsible,” said Corporal Harry Bond.
“I just hope they find who did it,” said Ava Gregory.
Fans have been flooding social media, since Brooks’ death on Sunday.
“I feel like his legacy will live on, his music will live on, because he was a great rapper,” said fan Jordan Ransom.
Glen Jones, also known as music producer “G The Mastermind”, was scheduled to work with Brooks on a new song this week and soon a new album.
“Because of how big he was getting, there’s a lot of hate in this city and we’re trying to build that unity out here, but it’s hard when….nobody wants to see you shine. It’s unfortunate,” said Jones. “It’s unfortunate that his life had to be cut short.”
There were social media rumors that Brooks’ girlfriend was involved in his murder. Detectives have interviewed her and they say she is not a suspect. So far, no suspects have been named. Anyone with information about his murder, should call police.