Rick Ross and Young Jeezy fight backstage at BET Awards

Witnesses say shots were fired in the car park at the Atlantic Civic Center

Rick Ross and Young Jeezy were involved in a backstage altercation at last night’s (September 29) BET Awards in Atlanta.

According to TMZ sources, the two rappers exchanged heated words backstage and started shoving each other before their security and entourage intervened to split the pair up.

But the US gossip website reports that the argument didn’t stop there and, according to an eyewitness, a member of Rick Ross’ entourage pulled out a gun while in the car park and shots were fired.

Hot 96 DJ Funkmaster Flex tweeted the altercation live and, at around 9.30pm, wrote: “Jeezy and Rick Ross just had words backstage!! Pushing and shoving!!”

Minutes later, he wrote “Beef just spread to the parking lot!!” before tweeting:

A spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department confirmed that they had been called out to deal with a fight which had broken out in the car park of the Atlantic Civic Center but said “reports of shots fired appear to untrue”.

The spokesman told TMZ: “Shortly after 7:15 pm Saturday, a fight broke out in the parking lot at the Atlanta Civic Center (where the BET Awards were being taped) between two groups. Atlanta Police Department officers on scene responded to break up the fight and used OC spray in the process. Individuals fled the scene. There were no arrests or reports of serious injuries. Reports of shots fired appear to be untrue.”

Neither Jeezy nor Ross was arrested and both returned to the arena for the rest of the BET Awards ceremony. The show is due to air on October 9.