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Local 18-Year-Old Rapper Jahjah Shot Outside His Home Near Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) -- An 18-year-old man was shot and hurt in a drive-by shooting outside his home near Fort Lauderdale early Tuesday morning.

Broward Sheriff deputies responded to 2839 Northwest 6th Court just before 3 a.m.

The teen's mother, who identified the victim as Jareea Bell, said she woke up to the sound of gunshots. "About 20 or 30 gunshots," Lakesha Hugley said. "I fell to the floor, I turned around and my son, my baby boy, got shot."

Deputies said the teen was shot in the chest and taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

"All I heard was gunshots. It was like 'pow, pow, pow'," said Belva Baines who told CBS4's Brooke Shafer she heard at least 10 of the gunshots.

Melinda Shepard lives a few houses away and said she also heard the gunshots on Tuesday just minutes after she got home from work.

"It was scary because you know when you see that many police officers at one time, 9 times out of 10, something's really bad," she said.

The teen's mother said her son is a local rapper who goes by the name Jahjah.

Broward crime scene and violent crimes detectives are investigating the shooting. Deputies have not said whether they have a suspect or anyone in custody.

"Whoever it is that shot him, if somebody knows something can you please inform the police," Hughley said. "My baby boy got shot."

If you can help detectives, call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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