By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
EVERETT — A shooting in downtown Everett early Wednesday reportedly could have been the result of someone being cheesed off at blind rapper Mac Wayne, who disappeared after being arrested on a robbery charge.
Or maybe not.
The shooting was reported in the 3200 block of Broadway, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said.
The man who was shot claimed two men drove up in a car and fired one shot at him, Snell said.
Detectives are trying to investigate his account but he “did not want to cooperate,” Snell said.
The man, 39, drove himself to the hospital, Snell said.
“The hospital reported the shooting to police, but the male would not cooperate with detectives,” Snell said. “As such, the specifics surrounding the incident are ambiguous.”
Snell said he couldn’t discuss reports that the man claimed he was shot by someone mad at the blind rapper.
A voice mail left at The Daily Herald on Wednesday morning claimed the shooting occurred outside of Bass Rock Records, which is producing an album by Mac Wayne whose real name is Wayne Frisby.
There is a $250,000 Snohomish County Superior Court warrant for Frisby’s arrest after he skipped town while facing a February robbery charge.
The caller said the man who was shot is a Bass Rock Records producer. He said assailants allegedly drove up in a car and one of them asked the producer if it was the recording studio.
When the producer confirmed it was, one of the men allegedly pulled out a gun, yelled an expletive about Mac Wayne and shot the man in the shoulder, the caller reported.
The injury was not believed to be life threatening.
After Wayne skipped bail and fled town, he reportedly wrote a rap called “Catch Me If You Can.” It is “Mac Wayne’s only official response to (the) allegations,” according to an email from Bass Records.
The email said that any money made from an upcoming Mac Wayne album, “Yay Charles — The Retainer,” will be used to pay attorney fees and that an attorney will be contacting authorities in coming weeks.
“Catch Me If You Can” makes reference to a criminal investigation and the rapper’s decision to flee. It refers to “detectives in my mama’s house,” making front page news and a decision “to split out of town.”
The song also says that police are trying to get “the Ginger Bread Man.”
The refrain chides: “I’m on the run. Catch me if you can.”
Prosecutors suspect that drugs likely played a part in the Feb. 13 robbery in Marysville.
Frisby and an Arlington woman were arrested that night in Everett. While being booked in jail, Frisby reportedly handed over some methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin he had hidden in his clothing.
The victim said he threatened to kill her if she didn’t hand over her keys. He also cut off part of her hair, court papers said.
Frisby and the Arlington woman left the other woman on the side of the road, according to prosecutors. She called police. Officers located a clump of hair in the street.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, firstname.lastname@example.org.