Ugandan Artist Bebe Cool Shot Following R. Kelly Concert
Ugandan artist Bebe Cool — real name, Moses Ssali — will take legal action after being shot in both legs by local police in the hours following an R. Kelly concert in the country’s capital city of Kampala last Friday (Jan. 29). Bebe, who was one of the opening acts for R. Kelly’s highly anticipated “I Believe” concert, was wounded in a parking lot scuffle with police after the show.
R. Kelly’s plan to perform in the city created nationwide buzz in Uganda, but the sold-out show was slightly soured because of overcrowding and police presence. The concert was held at the Lugogo Cricket Oval in country’s capitol Kampala, where police tried their best to keep the filled-to-capacity crowd under control. Officers reportedly fired several gunshots into the crowd in an attempt to stabilize fans and were forced to arrest almost a dozen concert goers for selling counterfeit tickets. While everything remained fairly calm during the show, events in the hours following took a nasty turn.
According to reports from eyewitnesses, police entered the parking lot of a 24-hour shopping mall where an unidentified couple was found having sex in a car. The details following this have been blurry, but onlookers say that a scuffle broke out between police and individuals in the parking lot, which left Bebe Cool with gunshot wounds in his thighs. Three of the artist’s bodyguards were also wounded and one police officer was admitted to a nearby hospital. Bebe has remained in critical condition over the weekend and the singer told Uganda’s Daily Monitor that he plans to press charges against police officials. “Of course I’m taking legal action,” he said. “I’ve already talked to my lawyers and they are processing necessary documents to see to it that the Uganda Police is held responsible.”