Michael Williams, known professionally as Sheff G, is one of the 32 alleged gang members charged in a series of shooting in Brooklyn that left one dead and dozens injured.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez alleged Tuesday that Sheff G used earnings from his music career to “help facilitate further gang activity,” bankroll shootings against rival gangs, and encouraged gang members to commit violent crimes. He could be facing up to 25 years in prison for his crimes.

According to the 140-count indictment, the 32 male and female suspects are members of the 8 Trey Crips and its affiliate, the 9 Ways gang, and are reportedly linked to 12 shootings, including a mass shooting in Brooklyn where one was murdered, and five others were injured.



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“They’re dangerous people, and it’s a small number of them. They’re repeated recidivists that as soon as you let them out, they’re back on our streets wreaking havoc,” NYC Mayor Eric Adams said. “We are not going to surrender our streets to violence.”

After the violent incident, Sheff G reportedly treated his co-conspirators to an expensive dinner at a Manhattan steak house. “Sheff G takes the shooters from this incident and some other gang members for a very lavish steak dinner where they celebrate the score against their rivals,” Gonzalez claims.

Investigators are still searching for seven other members involved as the DA tries to grasp the motives behind the shootings.

“The senseless gun violence, allegedly committed by these defendants, terrorized our neighbors for years and left more than a dozen people with serious injuries. It is distressing to know that some of the violence was allegedly fueled by a young man who used money he made from a successful music career to allegedly pay for and encourage acts of violence,” Gonzalez said.

While Sheff G has garnered millions of views and streams on various platforms for his music, officials have made it clear that their arrests had nothing to do with their music.

“This is not an indictment of rap music. In fact, this investigation did not rely on a single lyric to prove any of the alleged crimes,” Gonzalez claimed on Tuesday. “But it is an indictment of how when someone does well for themselves and could do real good in our community, they use their fame and money to further gang violence.”

“Why would someone of his stature continue to engage in this kind of violence?” Gonzalez asked. “Instead of using his fame and his fortune for the betterment of himself and his family and those close to him, we allege that he used the fame and fortune to elevate gang violence in Brooklyn.”

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