Rapper Donkey Cartel killed after shooting incident in Charlotte mall

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donkey-cartel-mall-shooting.jpgDaquan Antonio Westbrook, a rapper with an extensive arrest record, has been identified as the man killed in an officer-involved shooting inside the crowded Northlake Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Christmas Eve.

Westbrook, 18, also goes by the name Donkey Cartel.

He reportedly got into an argument with a group of men at a store inside the mall, and stormed out pulling out a gun from inside his pants - a moment one shopper managed to get a photo of in the middle of the terrifying incident. Once he left the store at least one off-duty officer rushed to the scene and told him to drop his weapon.

Once he left the store at least one off-duty officer, Thomas Ferguson, rushed to the scene and told him to drop his weapon.

When he allegedly refused to do so and then pointed his gun at Ferguson, he and possibly other officers on the scene opened fire, killing Westbrook.

It is still unclear if Westbrook ever fired his gun and how many officers opened fire on the teenager.

Westbrook released a mixtape titled "Convicted Felon With a Weapon," the cover of which shows him in a prison cell wearing an orange jumpsuit and making hand signs.According to the New York Daily News, one of his songs was called "Can't Be Touched."

"Westbrook's friend at the scene told reporters he was going to be a new father. He had just graduated high school in 2014, according to his Twitter," the Daily News wrote.

But according to several Charlotte news outlets, Mr. Westbrook had a lengthy history of run-ins with the police, his record including at least 11 arrests since 2013, one of them related to the shooting of a 12-year-old boy.

According to the Charlotte Observer, the most recent arrests were in October and "were related to drugs, larceny and resisting arrest."

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