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Busta Rhymes's Guard Killed at Video Shoot

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A bodyguard for rapper Busta Rhymes was fatally gunned down during a star-studded music video shoot in New York early Sunday, say police.

Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes and G-Unit members including Lloyd Banks were scheduled to be filming on a ninth-floor soundstage when violence erupted outside the Brooklyn building, police Sgt. Kevin Farrell tells the Associated Press. New York’s Daily News reports that 50 Cent, DMX and Mary J. Blige were also said to be standing nearby.

The security guard was identified as Israel Ramirez, 29. He was killed with a single shot to the chest, Farrell said. Rhymes, whose real name is Trevor Smith, was not injured, The New York Times reports.

Some 500 people were gathered for the Rhymes video, yet it was unclear how many had been outside when shots were fired.

After the shooting, investigators – who as of early Monday had yet to make an arrest – took possession of a nearby parked car that was hit by the gunfire. They are still trying to determine what led to the violence, Farrell said.