The alleged incident later was taken outside where an unknown man with a firearm opened fire causing the venue to go into temporary lock down. The gunman was later taken into custody.
At some point toward the end of the BET Hip-Hop Awards Saturday night, rap kingpin Rick Ross and Atlanta MC Young Jeezy allegedly got into a confrontation backstage that continued into the parking lot.
Though most fans gathered in the Atlanta Civic Center for the taping of the show were unaware of any unsettling events, those trying to leave the building found it on temporary lockdown while the situation unfolded.
Rapper Funk Master Flex claimed to have a prime view of the skirmish and quickly took to Twitter to spread the news.
“Jeezy and Rick Ross just had words backstage!! Pushing and shoving!!” he tweeted, then two minutes later added, “Beef just spread to the parking lot!”
Messages left with the Atlanta police were not returned as of this posting, but it has been reported that no shots were fired and no injuries resulted from the altercation.
Neither Jeezy nor Ross was arrested, though both have had a few run-ins with the law. Jeezy was arrested in 2005 for carrying a concealed firearm without a permit and in 2008 for DUI, while Ross was arrested in 2008 for gun and marijuana charges, and in 2011 for possession of marijuana as well.
Though the timeline of the fight is unclear, Ross turned out an incendiary – and shirtless – performance of “Hold Me Back” and “Ice Cold” with Omarion that will air on the show Oct. 9.