Update – Remy Ma Victim: ‘I couldn’t believe she shot me’

Since the report of the incident, rapper Remy Ma (real name Reminisce Smith), has denied that she shot her friend Makeda Barnes-Joseph outside a New York nightspot on Saturday night. “I didn’t shoot my friend!” Ma yelled to reporters from the second-floor window of her Cliffside Park, New Jersey, home, according to New York’s Daily News. “I didn’t shoot nobody!” Barnes-Joseph, however, told the paper a different story from her hospital bed on Sunday. “I couldn’t believe she shot me!” she said, referring to Ma. The rapper had reportedly thought that her longtime friend had stolen approximately $2,000 from her during a party early Saturday morning. Ma was arrested in connection with the incident on Sunday and was released on a $250,000 bond. According to Barnes-Joseph, instead of calling 911 after the shooting, Ma (real name Reminisce Smith) rifled through Barnes-Joseph’s purse as she lay bleeding from two bullet wounds. “What hurts me is that when she shot me she went over and dumped the bag,” Barnes-Joseph said. “She didn’t even say, ‘Oh, my God, I just shot her.’ That’s what hurt me so much.” Ma, 26, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, first-degree assault and weapons charges on Sunday and was released from Rikers Island after her manager reportedly put up his home as collateral on the $250,000 bond. According to the Daily News, as she walked to a Cadillac Escalade about 10:45 p.m. Sunday after her release, Ma warned photographers to get out of her way with a string of expletives and then spat out a wad of gum. She is due back in court on August 14. The rapper’s manager, identified by the paper as Big Joe of New Era Management, said Ma doesn’t carry a gun and is not “the kind of person who would shoot someone.” He also speculated that Barnes-Joseph was using the incident to seek money. Barnes-Joseph’s mother, Christina Barnes, told the Daily News that she didn’t believe Ma’s denial. “She shot my child and she knows that,” she told the paper. “When the day comes, we’ll all find out for sure.” She also denied that her daughter would steal money from the rapper. “She doesn’t need it and I didn’t raise her like that.” Story published by MTV News


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