Man held over D-12 shooting

A relative of the second victim is in police custody

A suspect in the Detroit shooting involving D-12 rapper Proof is being held in police custody.

Mario Etheridge, a 28-year-old bouncer at the CCC club where the incident occurred, turned himself in and has been questioned by the Detroit Police Department.

Etheridge is a cousin of Keith Bender Jr, who was shot in the face during the incident and remains in critical condition at St John Hospital and Medical Centre.

The 28-year-old’s lawyer, Randall Upshaw said that Wayne County authorities are looking to charge his client in connection with the shooting, reports the Detroit Free Press.

He added: “The understanding of every witness we’ve spoken to is that Proof pulled out a weapon. It was Proof that shot the first shot. Proof shot Keith in the face. And Keith was unarmed.”

Police say Proof was shot three times in the head and chest after he pistol-whipped and shot Bender following a fight outside the club in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A police spokeswoman said that if the rapper was shot in self-defence or to protect someone else, the person who pulled the trigger may not be charged.