The former Jay Z protégé was hospitalized after being shot in the stomach

By People Staff
Updated December 08, 2014 02:25 PM
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Beanie Sigel – who was once on Jay Z‘s label Roc-A-Fella Records – is in critical condition following a shooting last week, according to reports.

Though he was not the intended target, Sigel, 40, whose real name is Dwight Grant, was shot outside a New Jersey home on Friday after he had just returned from dropping his kids off at school, authorities say.

“Apparently, there was a struggle of some type, which led to Mr. Grant being shot and that is all we have at this point,” Pleasantville Police Chief Jose Ruiz told the Associated Press.

Sigel was listed in critical condition, but was awake following his surgery later that day.

The rapper achieved considerable success since making his debut in 2000 with The Truth, which reached No. 5 on the Billboard charts that year.

But despite his professional achievements, he suffered several personal and legal problems that included a 2006 shooting when he was shot in the arm after an attempted robbery.

Most recently, he was released in August after serving two years in prison for tax evasion and had been living in a halfway house.

Still, Sigel always had his eye on a music comeback and was scheduled to perform on Dec. 18 at a concert titled “Beanie Sigel: The Return” at Philadelphia’s Theater of the Living Arts.