D12s Proof Shot Killed Detroit Club
Proof, a member of the Eminem-fronted Detroit-based hip-hop sextet D12, was killed early Tuesday morning outside a Detroit nightclub in a shooting that left another man in critical condition.
According to a spokesperson for the Detroit Police Department, Proof (real name: DeShaun Holton) suffered a gunshot wound to the head at the CCC Club on East Eight Mile Road, near Gratiot Avenue. By the time police arrived just after 5 a.m., the club — which was operating illegally, after hours — had been cleared out, but several witnesses have come forward to discuss the incident with investigators.
The police spokesperson said only that 'an altercation occurred [inside the club], and shots rang out,' but would not discuss the shooting further, as the 32-year-old rapper's next of kin have not yet been notified.
Both victims (the other man's name has not been released) were transported to hospitals; Proof was rushed to St. John Holy Cross Hospital, while the second victim, who is 35 and also sustained a gunshot to the head, was taken to St. John Hospital, where he's listed as being in critical condition. Proof was pronounced dead on arrival.
Proof, Eminem's longtime friend (see 'Proof: 'Eminem's Best Friend' And A Vital Member Of Detroit's Hip-Hop Scene' ), appeared in the film '8 Mile' as Lil' Tic; he also served as Eminem's best man when the rapper remarried Kim Mathers in January. Eminem filed for divorce last week (see 'Eminem Files For Divorce From Kim — Again' ).
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