DETROIT (WWJ) - Detroit police are working to prevent any further violence after a fight between rappers at Cobo Center.
"We're doing the best we can to save some lives here," said Detroit police Sgt. Michael Woody.
Among those involved in the feud are west-side rapper HBK, of Young Jeezy's newly signed group Doughboyz Cashout, and lesser-known east-side rappers Icewear Vezzo and Green Guy Webbie.
Woody said it all started Wednesday night.
"The fight took place between two rappers. During the fight, one of the rapper's gold chain necklace was stolen," Woody said.
Website Motor City Muckraker is reporting that Icewear and Green Guy can be clearly seen in a viral video continuing to assault HBK while he's knocked out.
[WATCH THE VIDEO - NOTE: CONTAINS SHOUTED PROFANITIES].
Posting online on Thanksgiving Day, both rappers took credit for the attack, but later backed off after they were bombarded with death threats on Twitter and Instagram.
Since then, Woody said, there has been a social media storm of friends and associates of the two who are threatening retaliation.
"I don't know when the last recorded threat was on social media," Woody said.
"I mean, this is a big concern for the citizens and we've been getting phone calls into the office as early as just a few hour ago," he said. "It's a concern for them because there's potential for a lot of bullets to go flying ... We're talking a large group of people that are making threats."
Woody said they're interviewing those involved — some of whom have prior criminal records — as police are trying to work on a peaceful resolution.
Woody said all three men are cooperating "somewhat."
"When you talk about these rappers and that whole hip hop culture, that comes with it's own set of issues," Woody said. "But I don't think that it's much different, or any different, than any other subculture that would, you know, foster that type of activity."
No real names have been released.
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