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Rapper BOP shot outside North Patchogue club, police say

Suffolk County police investigators work over the site

Suffolk County police investigators work over the site where rapper Donte Hobson, 30, was shot and wounded early Friday, May 27, 2016, in a parking lot of the VIP Lounge on Waverly Avenue in North Patchogue. Credit: Stringer News Service

The man shot outside a North Patchogue nightclub early Friday was a Long Island rapper who had just finished a show inside the club when he was wounded, Suffolk County police said.

The shooting of Donte Hobson, 30, in the parking lot of the VIP Lounge on Waverly Avenue, comes little more than a day after a shooting at Irving Plaza left one man dead, three wounded and rapper Roland Collins, 33, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, charged with attempted murder and other crimes.

Collins, who goes by the name Troy Ave, was recorded on surveillance video firing a pistol inside a VIP green room at Irving Plaza at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, the NYPD said. Collins has not been charged in the fatal shooting.

In the North Patchogue shooting, police said Hobson, who goes by the stage name BOP, was outside the VIP Lounge with “a large group of people,” about 1:30 a.m., when he was shot in the stomach.

Witnesses fled the scene before police arrived.

Police said Hobson was taken by Holbrook Fire Department Ambulance to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the investigation into the shooting is continuing and investigators are asking anyone with information to call Fifth Squad detectives at 631-854-8552 or Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

Records indicate Hobson, whose last known address is in Riverhead, has a 2009 conviction for weapons possession and that he served time in prison before being released on conditional parole in 2013. Under the terms of that parole, his maximum parole discharge date is in 2018, according to records.

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