Rapper Shoots Clerk With BB Gun In Attempt To Gain "Street Cred"

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 21-year-old aspiring rapper robbed a Gainesville convenience store and shot a clerk with a BB gun to gain "street credibility."

Police say Steven Gilmore Jr. has confessed to the Friday night robbery. He also confessed to a restaurant robbery that occurred last week.

According to the Gainesville police, Gilmore shot the clerk in the temple with a BB gun during the robbery.

Gilmore is being held in the Alachua County jail on robbery and aggravated battery charges. According to the Gainesville Sun, a 16-year-old accomplice was also arrested.


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  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on May 16, 2009 at 10:22 PM
    Sam, I know a Gilmore from Williamston, he's a tool.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on May 16, 2009 at 03:13 PM
    Yes, please lock him up, we don't want him producing children. He should have plenty of thime to work on his "crap" misic and write gangster songs.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on May 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM
    Congratulations Steven Gilmore Jr. You are a credible panty-waisted pansy girl. People this stupid should not be allowed to procreate.
  • by Embarassed Location: Engelhard on May 15, 2009 at 03:56 AM
    What a dummy! You're really street credible!! lol
  • by Timothy Location: Washington, NC on May 13, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    It's time for leaders in The African American Community to denounce negative hip hop and the thug lifestyle. Children should be encouraged to be responsible adults and productive members of society. If you behave like an animal you should be caged like an animal.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on May 12, 2009 at 05:56 PM
    This guy is lucky as so many people conceal carry nowadays that its a wonder that the clerk did not pull out a real gun or that another customer did not walk in. Idiot and future Darwin award winner. From my understanding of the law armed robbery is armed robbery so at least so whether or not it was a real gun or not its going to get him just as much time.
  • by C on May 12, 2009 at 05:54 AM
    This guy would've felt pretty foolish if the clerk had pulled a REAL gun on him in response.
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on May 12, 2009 at 03:12 AM
    Sam: I think Chris was trying to say that Gilmore is a dorky name and would need more credibility than a BB gun robbery to strike fear with such a name. Maybe if he had a name like Roselli, Lesnar, or Stalone he could get by with less street cred.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 11, 2009 at 10:50 AM
    It's bad enough to rob someone and shoot them, but for the reason for street credibility is what should put him behind bars for life, no matter if the victim is dead or living. If it was my kid doing this, I would disown the kid and he/she would get NOTHING inherited from me. Chris, just cause of someones name is Gilmore does not mean anything else except for their bloodline. I know a Gilmore from back home who is a very good guy, religious, educated, and very smart. Not all Gilmores are the way you assumed. Paul, if you have a problem with this article being on WITN, how about then don't look at it. It's that easy. Some people want to see this and know what goes on in ALL of America, not just Eastern North Carolina. This is coming from someone who has about as much pride in being born and raised in Eastern North Carolina and in the 252 area code, as anybody does. Sometimes I wonder if the pride gets carried too far, but I typically would say no.
  • by paul Location: kinston on May 11, 2009 at 08:36 AM
    WITN, what does this have to do with news in eastern North Carolina?Quit appealing to the car-wreck gawkers,like me,mentality.Are you writing stories for the 7th grade boys summer school class?
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