Disgruntled Texas Rappers Shoot Up Nightclub-Injure 8

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Two Central Texas rap artists, accused of wounding eight people in a shooting in downtown Austin early Friday, turned themselves in to authorities hours later.Brandon Bruce Hutchison, 25, and LaBaaron Demon Hutchison, 21, are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. They are each being held on bail of about $4 million.

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Police say eight people injured in shooting at Spiros nightclub

Suspects are two brothers part of La Grange rap group that were told not to perform.

By Isadora Vail, Michael Corcoran and Joe Gross
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Saturday, May 30, 2009

Two Central Texas rap artists, accused of wounding eight people in a shooting in downtown Austin early Friday, turned themselves in to authorities hours later.

LaBaaron Demon Hutchison, 21, are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. They are each being held on bail of about $4 million.

Brandon Hutch & His brother shot up a nightclub because they couldn't perform

Brandon Hutch & His brother shot up a nightclub because they couldn't perform

Brandon Bruce Hutchison

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Austin police said the two men are brothers — known as “Big Hutch and “Lil’ Hutch,” — who were scheduled to play Thursday night at Spiros nightclub, 611 Red River St., with their La Grange-based rap group, the LG Allstarz.

Spiros General Manager Josh Cisneros said Friday afternoon that the LG Allstarz showed up at 2 a.m. — the club’s closing time — and expected to play. Promoter Ramone “Sicc” Stewart said a fight began when the LG Allstarz asked him to cut short the performance of the group on stage so they could perform. The Hutchisons, leaders of the largely unknown group, were ejected, along with others.

“They showed up late and wanted me to cut off one of the headliners,” said Stewart, who has been promoting rap shows in Austin for two years. “When I said, ‘No way,’ one of them took a swing at me, and the bouncers threw them out.”

Reached by phone Friday afternoon, Cisneros said, “They were loud when they were kicked out. But they left calmly enough that we forgot about them.

“Never in a million years did we think they would come back with guns,” he said.

Police said the Hutchisons returned about 2:15 a.m., after the club had closed but while patrons still milled along the sidewalk. Police said the Hutchisons used handguns to fire into the crowd.

“Most of the people who got shot were females,” said Stewart, who was stabbed in the arm during the melee. “One of my friends was shot in the stomach two times. Another friend was shot in the back.”

LeBaaron Hutch

LeBaaron Hutch

Austin police Lt. Christian Malanka said Friday afternoon that it was unclear how many shots were fired. The Hutchisons turned themselves in at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office about 3 p.m. Friday. Both men have been charged with eight counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with bail for each count set at $500,000.

Five people were shot in their legs, two people were shot in their feet and one woman was shot in the abdomen. Police said the woman was recovering after surgery.

“We never had an incident like that before,” said Cisneros, who has worked at Spiros for seven years. “It was absolutely insane, like a drive-by shooting on foot. I hope they spend the rest of their lives in jail.”

In 2008, officers responded 172 times to incidents at Spiros, police said. The calls included those for violent crimes and nonviolent incidents, such as break-ins and personal injuries.

Because of the number of calls, Austin police Commander Antonia Singletary said Spiros is being considered for nuisance abatement under a state statute that aims to shut down gang hangouts and to prevent gang members from publicly assembling in areas with rampant criminal activity.

Police said Friday that they didn’t know whether the Hutchisons were gang members.

Cisneros, who couldn’t be reached to respond to police allegations, had said earlier that patrons are frisked before entering the club.

While Spiros typically hires private security for the weekend, when the club is packed, there was no private security Thursday night.

“This was a very small show; only about 100 patrons were there,” Cisneros said, adding that Stewart previously has booked and promoted four problem-free shows at Spiros.

Spiros remained closed Friday night, Cisneros said. “We will probably be closed for a while.”

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Comments

  1. Cowards!

  2. this happened in my hometown a few years back – same sort of deal. drunk cats shoot up a notorious watering hole for being asked to get off the karaoke mic.

  3. But they were just keeing it trill!

  4. Navajo Joe says:

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  5. Davey, why focus on such an unfortunate negative story for sensationalisms sake like mainstream press when so much productive positive actions are taking place within the hip hop community everyday that don’t get covered. It’s a disappointing to see this on your blog.

  6. mrdaveyd says:

    Why?/ This ain’t the good news all day everyday blog.. 8 people got shot outside a nightclub and the perpertrators were two members of a group that is known in their part of the world and u want me to ignore it? act like it didn’t happen? whats the reason for this? Gimme a break thats ridiculous.. Of course I’m gonna cover it.. I gave you the info as I know it and maybe later as things unfold I’ll add more.. As for the blog I have how many stories on here? dozens.. spend time commenting and building on those stories.. but others are most definitely interested in 8 people getting shot at a nightclub.. the same way they would be interested in hearing about a mass shooting at a school..

    The news story to me is why would 2 brothers who can’t perform at a nightclub shoot up a club and hit 8 folks? Thats not an everyday occurance even here in Oakland which has its share of problems

  7. Shot in the foot? They aren’t “real” murderers hahah

  8. ERNEST GALVAN says:

    check this out if they showed up at 2:00am when the club was closing i heard they was there all night and have some video[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfxk-1xyTgc&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1] you should look at

  9. Robert Jr. James McClendon says:

    “Helping Ignorant People – Hurt Our People” (Hip-hop). We may not like it, but Davey D keep bring the truth. I know I don’t like it, but somebody got to keep ’em informed.

  10. “Helping Ignorant People – Hurt Our People” (Hip-hop)….
    wow I REALLY LIKE THAT.
    Is this a new thing? seriously.. I am soo feeling that. Where can I get more info.?

  11. Robert Jr. James McClendon says:

    That quote was coined back in 1994 in the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, I’ve been trying to educate people since the days of Mrs. C. Delores Tucker how music is being used to mess up our youth. And beiieve it or not., I work with youth – black, white, hispanic, asian – so the “Our People” is them. It’s about growing up and spreading the word what hip-hop has been doing for the past 24 years, Jose. The media doesn’t what you to know what hip-hop is really an acronym for. Its their money making code at our youths exspense.

  12. e-scribblah says:

    “why focus on such an unfortunate negative story for sensationalisms sake like mainstream press when so much productive positive actions are taking place within the hip hop community everyday that don’t get covered. It’s a disappointing to see this on your blog.”

    i disagree. i dont think this story is sensationalist at all. unfortunately, incidents like this do happen. davey covers lots of positive stuff so it’s not like he’s a negative spin doctor. and i dont blame the music or the ethnicity. stupid is stupid. these rappers were unprofessional and hurt their own careers with their attitude. music had nothing to do with it, if there was no rap music they would have done something else equally dumb.

  13. http://justorb.com/2009/05/29/crazy-shooting-in-austin/

    look at this link youll get more of the story

  14. brandon says:

    this is just two lame ass niggas doing lame nigga shit. i go to spiros damn near every week. and for those of you on that i hate hip hop shit get real. this aint got shit to do wit music if u notice the chain of events thru history. PEOPLE DO FUCKED UP SHIT JUST CAUSE ITS HUMAN NATURE. SLAVERY PRIME EXAMPLE LET ME GUESS HIP HOP BROUGHT ABOUT THAT TOO. OR COUNTRY MUSIC BROUGHT ABOUT THE HAULACAUST IF U THINK MUSIC INFLUENCES PEOPLE TO SHOOT SHIT UP THEN UR AN IDIOT. GET UP ON YA HISTORY GAME DUMB FUCK

  15. Robert Jr. James McClendon says:

    Hip-hop did not bring about slavery but the same people who own and enjoy the music and financed the middle passage are benefiting from it today. Hip-hop is “mental slavery”. “Grow up” and the holocaust was when our people we brought here to America, not what your taught in museums not to ever forget. It’s not the “Music” that Adolph Hitler played, it was the propaganda that these people adopted from him. You people ain’t ready for history. The same people who financed the middle passage own the hip-hop game (MTV, Source, Def JAm, Hollywood). You figure, Smart Fuck. Brandon, I got something real for ya’ll asses in this mind.

  16. mann pooh says:

    ALL I GOTTA SAY IS ITS 2 SIDES 2 THE STORY COULDN’T HATING ON THEM MEN JUST BECAUSE OF THEY REACTED I WOULD’VE DID THE SAMETHING JUST BECAUSE OF HOW IT HAPPEN SO IF YOU DONT KNOW THE REAL ISSUE SUGGEST YALL SHOULDN’T SPEAK ESPECAILLY WHEN THEY CANT DEFEND THEMSELVES THAT MAKE YALL LOOK IGNORANT & LAME HATE OR LOVE IT

  17. I just don’t understand why people do the things they do!