Suspect arrested in Florida shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion

Dedrick D. Williams, appears in a booking photo provided by the Broward County Sheriff's Office, June 21, 2018. Broward County Sheriff's Office/handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) - A man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of up-and-coming U.S. rapper XXXTentacion, who was gunned down in Florida on Monday, police said on Thursday.

Dedrick Williams, 22, was taken into custody on Wednesday evening, two days after XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot while leaving a motor sports dealership in Deerfield Beach, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Miami.

The death of the 20-year-old rapper stunned the hip hop community and sparked tributes online.

Two men fled the scene in a dark SUV after one of them opened fire during a possible robbery attempt, investigators had said. It was not immediately clear if police were looking for a second suspect.

XXXTentacion, who was born and raised in Plantation, Florida, released his debut album in August 2017. His second album “?” debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart when it was released in March.

According to local media reports, he had spent time in jail and was awaiting trial on allegations of domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend.

Police said Williams was also charged with probation violation for theft of a motor vehicle and driving without a valid license. He was awaiting trial on Thursday.

Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing by Daniel Wallis and David Gregorio