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Shots Fired, Car Crashes Near Floridian Restaurant: Rapper Rick Ross Involved (Updated)

Police are investigating a shooting and car crash outside the Floridian restaurant on Las Olas Boulevard.

According to reports, several shots were fired at a Rolls Royce around 5 a.m. Monday Morning in front of the Floridian Restaurant, causing the vehicle to crash into a building.  At first WSVN reported the Rolls had crashed into the Floridian, but according to the Sun-Sentinel, the car slammed into a next-door apartment building where a Floridian employee was living, waking her from sleep. 

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The driver, thought to be rapper Rick Ross, and a woman also inside the

car, were not hit by any of the bullets. Police are interviewing them

at the restaurant, but have not confirmed their identity. The shots apparently came from another car traveling eastbound on Las Olas Boulevard.

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called the Floridian and were told they were "too busy to comment". 

We will update you on further information as we receive it.

Updated: A Fort Lauderdale Police Department press release confirms the driver of the vehicle as "William  L. Roberts, a resident of the City of Davie". Rick Ross' real name is William Leonard Roberts II.  Fort Lauderdale police have also identified the passenger as Shateria L. Moragne-el.

The statement states that "preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2011 silver Rolls Royce was traveling eastbound on East Las Olas Boulevard, approaching southeast 15th Avenue. The occupants of the Rolls Royce heard multiple gunshots being fired in their direction. The driver of the Rolls Royce attempted to drive away from the direction of the shots being fired and lost control of the vehicle, striking a nearby apartment building."

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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