Stephen M. Silverman
October 17, 2006 10:15 AM

Rapper Fabolous was shot early Tuesday at a New York City parking garage and then arrested, police say. He is now hospitalized in stable condition.

Fabolous (real name: John Jackson), 28, and three friends had just left the Diddy-owned restaurant Justin’s when an unidentified man approached them and opened fire, New York Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Mike Wysokowski said, according to MTV News.

The Brooklyn-born rapper was shot once in the thigh before he and his friends sped away in a white Dodge Magnum, running a red light and attracting the attention of police who were responding to a call that shots had been fired.

Officers stopped the car and found two loaded guns, both apparently unlicensed, Wysokowski said. All four men were arrested, with charges pending and likely to include criminal possession of a weapon. Wysokowski said that in New York City, anyone found in a vehicle with an unlicensed firearm is considered to be “in possession” of the weapon.

Fabolous was taken to a hospital; police are still searching for the shooter.

Police did not identify the three men who were arrested along with the rapper, but said they are 18, 23 and 29, the Associated Press reports.

Fabolous recently participated in the taping of the VH1 Hip Hop Honors, set to air Tuesday evening, and has an album due in December. An e-mail from the AP seeking comment from his label, Def Jam Recordings, was not immediately answered.

In 2003, Fabolous was arrested three times, twice on gun charges and once for a moving violation.

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