Black News: How Lil Wayne Almost Killed Himself

CHRIS GRANGER / THE TIMES-PICAYUNERobert Hoobler, a former New Orleans Police officer, stands in front of the apartment where Grammy-winning musician Lil’ Wayne once lived in the Hollygrove area of New Orleans. It is the same home where Hoobler carried out a bloodied Lil’ Wayne after he was shot when he was 12 years old. Hoobler saved Lil’ Wayne’s life by driving him to a nearby hospital.

Lil Wayne never would have made it had it not been for big Robert Hoobler.

AP PHOTONew Orleans native rapper Lil Wayne.

The celebrated New Orleans rapper would have bled to death on the floor of his mother’s Hollygrove apartment the afternoon of Nov. 11, 1994, at just 12 years old, after accidentally shooting himself in the chest while playing with a 9 mm handgun.

If not for Hoobler, the New Orleans police officer who cradled the bleeding boy in the back of a squad car that day on the way to the hospital, the Grammy-winning superstar would never have made the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone.

The shooting, part of the Lil Wayne lore, has been chronicled before, but not its details, nor the tale of the man who saved his life: a 6-foot, 7-inch, 330-pound officer who responded to the shooting while off-duty, as was his habit.

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    • sexy
    • May 15th, 2009

    lil wayne bum and his al mine lol xx

    • shay
    • February 24th, 2010

    dang im so glad GOD had been lookn ova him or most of our hiphiop rap r&b pop and many more woukld be differnt than to day but pop will remsain alive because of MICHEAL JACKSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU LIL WAYNE

    • liz
    • December 27th, 2010


    • Anonymous
    • July 29th, 2011

    Let’s get the truth, in the source when he was a “Hot Boy” his story was that he shot himself, notice it says he was shot. He was home by himself, playing with his mother’s gun and shot himself.

      • Anonymous
      • November 14th, 2011

      It does say he shot himself in the chest.

    • Anonymous
    • August 8th, 2011

    Dang the things that take place during life. I bet he caused havoc for his mother!

    • Anonymous
    • October 24th, 2011

    man lil wayn thank god ur alive

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