American rapper Beanie Sigel is reportedly in a critical condition after being shot in the stomach. In a report by NBC Philadelphia, the veteran rap artist was shot outside his home in Pleasantville, New Jersey at around 09:20 on Friday morning.

Beanie Sigel
Beanie Sigel, former Top 5 album artist and hip-hop collaborator, was critically injured on Friday after being shot

Sigel, real name Dwight Grant, was hit in the stomach by a bullet that travelled out of his back, according to Pleasantville Police Chief Jose Ruiz. He was taken to a local hospital, the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where his injuries were described as life-threatening. He remains sedated and in a critical condition.

In a statement released by his attorney Fortunato Perri Jr., Sigel was apparently not the intended target of the shooting. He was returning home having taken his children to school when he came across an altercation going on near his property.

The name of his assailant is currently unknown, but another victim, 22 year old Umar Salahuddin, has been arrested and is being questioned by police about the incident.

Beanie Sigel has released six albums in his career, the last being 2012’s This Time. In the early noughties, he scored consecutive Billboard Top 5 albums with his first three albums. He has also collaborated with a great number of artists in his career, including Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and R Kelly. He originally signed to Roc-A-Fella records, Jay-Z’s label, before breaking ties with him during a public spat.

He was released from prison in August this year, having served a two year sentence for tax evasion, owing $728,000. It’s also not the first time that Sigel has been shot: in 2006, he was involved in an attempted robbery and was injured. In 2003, he was charged with attempted murder but found not guilty after injuring two people with a handgun.