Hip-hop star 50 CENT believes he survived being brutally shot nine times five years ago - because the assailant was an inexperienced gun shooter.

The Candy Shop rapper - real name CURTIS JACKSON - was the victim of a drive-by shooting in 2000, but his life was spared because all nine bullets luckily missed his vital organs.

50 says, "He's not a good shooter.

"He shot my legs a couple of times and hit my face one time. It went through my teeth.

"Why didn't it kill me? Because when things are meant to happen they happen; it just wasn't my time."

01/06/2005 09:17