Wyclef Jean was shot and wounded in his native Haiti Saturday night (Mar 19).
While paying a visit to his home country over the weekend to cast his ballot in their presidential elections, the singer was shot in the hand during a campaign rally for musician and presidential candidate Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly just outside the nation’s capital Port-au-Prince.
According to reps for the “911” singer, his wounds were (thankfully) only superficial, and he was treated at a local hospital before being released.
“I have confirmed from Wyclef that he was immediately taken to the hospital, treated for a minor graze to his hand and released,” his spokeswoman, Cindy Tanenbaum, said in a statement. “He is fine. Wyclef’s commitment to his native country and to his people is unparalleled. He is therefore undeterred by this incident,” Tanenbaum continued.
No details on the who the shooter was, or whether or not Wyclef was a target, have been released. Some reports suggest that the singer/songwriter was traveling in a car with an entourage (including rapper Busta Rhymes and others) at the time of the shooting, but Jean was the only person injured.
“The way I can explain it is that the bullet grazed me in my right hand,” said the hip-hop singer, who has been in Haiti campaigning on behalf of Michel (Sweet Micky) Martelly. “I heard blow, blow, blow and I just looked at my hand.”
Glad he’s okay!