LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) – Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ineman whose testimony against his own gang helped convict two high-ranking members was attacked by several people at a Florida gym, officials said Wednesday.
“An argument between several individuals” brought Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies to the LA Fitness Center in Lake Worth on Tuesday night, the sheriff’s office said in post on social networks.
The rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, suffered several injuries in the attack. He was taken to a hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening, officials said.
The motive for the attack, including whether it was related to his cooperation with prosecutors, was unclear. No arrests have been made, and investigators asked anyone with information to contact them.
The rapper’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro, did not respond to an email from The Associated Press. But he told other news outlets that Hernandez was attacked by three or four people in the gym’s sauna.
Tekashi 6ix9ine, known for his rainbow-colored hair and “69” tattoo on his forehead, previously faced decades in prison as part of a racketeering case in which he was accused of using a violent gang as his “personal hit squad.”
Instead, his sentence was reduced to about two years after he testified against the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, earning him the label “snitch.”