MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – South Florida rapper Zoey Dollaz was shot early Thursday while driving on the Julia Tuttle Causeway, authorities confirmed.
The shooting was reported just after midnight.
According to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho, the rapper, whose real name is Elvis Millord, had just gotten onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 195 from Alton Road when an SUV pulled up alongside his black Mercedes-Benz sedan and someone inside fired multiple shots at him.
Camacho said Millord, 30, was struck several times in the left leg.
The rapper was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital to be treated for his injuries and is now at home recovering.
A female passenger inside the Mercedes was not injured.
Camacho said the rapper immediately made a U-turn back toward Miami Beach and flagged down an officer on 41st Street.
Millord told authorities he was coming from a private party in Miami Beach at the time and had not had any altercations with anyone prior to the shooting.
Donny “Dizzy” Flores, who said he is a friend of the rapper’s and is on his management team, told Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol that Millord was heading to Miami’s Booby Trap strip club when the shooting occurred.
“To see this is like crazy,” Flores said.
Flores said he and Millord were together at a star-studded party on Miami Beach only minutes before the rapper was shot.
According to TMZ, singer/model Teyana Taylor was celebrating her 30th birthday. Diddy and Lil Wayne were just some of the A-listers who attended the bash.
The plan was to get food and then meet other people from the party at the Booby Trap, Flores said, but Millord and the woman he was with never made it.
“He was like ‘I’m going to go to Wynwood, get something to eat’ or whatever and meet up,” Flores said. “They pulled up to the car, and shot it up. He wasn’t fighting with nobody. He’s not that type of guy he always peace, looking out for everyone. He’s not on that type of stuff. He’s a good kid.”
Flores added that the Haitian-American Millord is “in a lot of pain.”
“He’s always doing a lot of stuff for Haiti,” Flores said. “He went to Haiti the other day trying to do a lot of stuff. He told me he wants to run for president one day in Haiti.”
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.