On Thursday, Megan Thee Stallion shared more details about getting shot in the feet over a month ago. For the first time publicly, she’s come out and said rapper and singer Tory Lanez was the person who shot her.
“Yes…Tory shot me. You shot me and you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs lying,” Megan, whose legal name is Megan Pete, said in an Instagram Live video. “Stop lying. Why lie? I don’t understand.”
The 25-year-old rapper went on to say that she was sharing a car with 28-year-old Tory Lanez, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, on the night of the July 12 shooting. Megan said her friend and Lanez’s security were also present and everyone in the car was in the middle of an argument.
Megan said that eventually she was “done” with the argument and she exited the front seat of the vehicle and attempted to walk away. However, this is when she says Lanez shot her from the back seat of the car. Megan shut down rumors that she had hit Lanez: “You dry shot me.”
Megan explained that she didn’t initially tell the Los Angeles police who arrived on the scene because she feared for her safety, considering past and present police violence in this country.
“The police come, I’m scared. All this sh*t going on with the police,” Megan explained in her live video. “The police is shooting motherf*ckers for anything. The police was literally killing Black people for no motherf*cking reason. Soon as the police tell us all get out the motherf*cking car, the police is really aggressive. You think I’m ’bout to tell the police that we…us Black people, got a gun in the car? You want me to tell the laws that we got a gun in the car so they can shoot all of us up?”
Lanez was eventually arrested that morning on suspicion of possession of a concealed weapon and he was released on bail later that day, according to Associated Press. He’s yet to be charged with anything related to the incident. Cops and prosecutors say the case is still under investigation.
When Megan first revealed that she was shot back in July, she didn’t publicly call out Lanez as the shooter. However, reports suspected Lanez as the perpetrator due to his arrest.
Although Megan initially received a lot of support from fans, many people made fun of the incident. For example, rapper 50 Cent shared a viral meme on his social media that depicted Megan on the run from Lanez with the caption “Run Ricky Run,” referencing the 1991 movie “Boyz n the Hood”. 50 Cent was immediately slammed by social media for the offensive meme, and he eventually took down the meme and apologized, claiming, “Damn, I didn’t think this sh*t was real.”
Such incidents caused people to speak out on how Black women continue to be unbelieved, unprotected and undervalued in instances of abuse or trauma. The outrage continued on social media after Megan shared her video saying Lanez shot her.
“Let 2020 be the final year Black women protect Black men at the expense of our physical, mental, and emotional health,” tweeted journalist Evette Dionne. “We off that.”
“If a famous, wealthy, beloved black woman is violated then isn’t allowed grace or even believed, how do you think everyday black women are treated,” tweeted journalist Ivie Ani.
In previous Instagram Live videos, Megan said she’s expected to make a full recovery from her gunshot wounds after needing to undergo surgery. She described the whole incident as “super scary” and “the worst experience of my life.”
Check out more commentary on Megan and supporting Black women below.
Protect Black women. Believe Black women. I stand with @theestallion. Nobody has a right to judge how a person who has been violated/ attacked is supposed to react; & that reaction doesn’t negate the severity of the violation. Praying for her peace & justice how she sees fit. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/pfa8LlBA4b
— BlackWomenViews Media (@blackwomenviews) August 21, 2020
Calling the cops could get the women arrested or killed. Black women who are victims of IPV (regardless of their partner’s race) are more likely to be arrested than protected. https://t.co/PQ3KQaY17W
— ❄Mikki Kendall❄ (@Karnythia) August 21, 2020
I pray black women finally learn there’s no reward, honor, or special seat reserved in the heavens for saving everybody but ourselves.
— B. (@DontWorryBoutB) August 21, 2020
First, y’all ain’t believe she really got shot. She posted a pick to prove it. Then y’all aint believe Tory ain’t do it. She had to go back on IG to confirm he did. Now she a snitch. Fuck y’all and go to hell. Seriously.
— Just One of The Young Men Who Wanna **** JT (@bigfish1906) August 21, 2020
Tory Lanez shooting Megan shouldn’t even be a debate. He’s wrong & that’s it. Y’all never take black women serious, but let it be a black man & ya’ll will be on Twitter praying for the man hoping he recovers & whoever hurt him will be facing consequences. Make it make sense.
— Briana Symoné 💕 (@PrettyInBri) August 21, 2020
I said protect Black women specifically for a reason. It’s evident the emphasis on that needs to continue.
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) August 21, 2020
Tory would never in a million years try to shoot Kylie Jenner which shows you how little a lot of bm see bw.
— OLONI OF IBADAN (@Oloni) August 21, 2020
It’s infuriating what’s happening to Meg. Black women will get harmed, try to mitigate potential state violence for Black men and then be punished for that grace.
— big relly (@awkward_duck) August 21, 2020
Blocking everyone who blames Meg instead of Tory for her getting shot.
— Jeronicus Jangle-leg Jangle-leg (@kidnoble) August 21, 2020