Drake Toronto Mansion Shooting: What We Know So Far

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An aerial view shows the home of Canadian rapper Drake in Toronto, Canada, on May 7, 2024. Police in Toronto were investigating a pre-dawn shooting on on May 7 at the sprawling estate of superstar rapper Drake, located in one of Canada's most exclusive neighborhoods. A security guard was standing outside the massive wrought iron gates at the entrance to the rapper's mansion on The Bridle Path road north of downtown Toronto when suspects in a vehicle opened fire, police said. (Photo by Christopher Katsarov Luna / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOPHER KATSAROV LUNA/AFP via Getty Images)
The shooting occurred shortly after Drake and Kendrick Lamar's series of diss tracks over the weekend.

Drake’s Toronto home, nicknamed “The Embassy” became the subject of intense media coverage following its unveiling on Architectural Digest in 2020. The $100 million mansion is now in the news for something other than its grandeur. Drake now joins the long list of music stars whose homes have become the target of shootings. On Tuesday, the 7th of April, the Toronto police released reports of a shooting that occurred. As of this moment, there has been only one major casualty, which is a seriously injured security personnel who was outside the mansion at the time of the incident. There has since been growing speculation that perhaps this incident is connected to Drake and Kendrick’s ongoing beef, though authorities haven't confirmed whether that's the case. Here are all the facts we know so far about the attack on “The Embassy.”

The Shooting 

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 7 : Toronto police investigate outside rapper Drake's mansion after an overnight shooting that hospitalized a security on May 7, 2024 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mert Alper Dervis/Anadolu via Getty Images)

At about 2 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8th, a shooting occurred outside Drake's massive 50,000 square feet mansion in Toronto. The victim was a security guard employed at the property, who was standing outside the gates when the incident took place. According to police, the guard was shot and sustained serious injuries around his chest region in what has been speculated to be a drive-by shooting (police didn't confirm whether that's the case). However, authorities have stated that he is presently receiving care.

Investigation And Speculation

The Toronto Police are actively investigating the shooting incident at Drake’s home. However, they have not released any descriptions of potential suspects. Furthermore, information about the getaway vehicle involved has also not been disclosed at the moment. Police said that they did collect "some video evidence which captures the incident," though that has yet to surface. Unfortunately, on Wednesday, May 8, the police were called back to the home, where an intruder was finally apprehended, according to Toronto’s City News. 

As the investigation continues, authorities are working to determine the motive behind the attack, which remains unknown at this stage. The police have not confirmed whether Drake was present at his mansion during the shooting. However, pictures show that there were cars packed in the home. Lead inspector Paul Krawczyk has informed the public that the suspect(s) made their escape on wheels. 

This incident has raised eyebrows due to the rapper's recent high-profile feud with fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar. The two have been engaged in a heated exchange, trading diss tracks and leveling unsubstantiated allegations against each other. However, authorities have cautioned against drawing any premature conclusions about a potential connection between Drake’s rap beef and the shooting. That won’t stop the rumor from circulating like wildfire though. As celebrity culture and “stans” are often the cause of these stalker-like attacks, it’s not surprising that this is a theory that the public has entertained.

Security Measures And Neighborhood Impact 

Drake's $100 million mansion is known for its grandeur and robust security measures, including guards, fencing, and surveillance systems. The shooting has undoubtedly caused concern among residents of the luxurious Bridle Path neighborhood. The local residents have also expressed shock and dismay over the incident. They are now voicing concerns about the potential impact on the community's sense of safety. Drake and his team have not issued any official statements regarding the shooting. Regardless, the incident has sparked reactions from fans worldwide.

So far, Drake’s team have been cooperating with the Toronto police in the background. There has also been a call for any support in identifying the attackers. It is no shock that Toronto is slowly gaining a reputation for becoming more expensive, and thus, prone to these kinds of crimes. Furthermore, experts also believe that there is an increased threat on superstars whose locations of their homes are public knowledge. 

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About The Author
Demilade Phillips has been a Features Writer for HotNewHipHop since 2023. The self-proclaimed music fanatic deals with most things Hip Hop and RnB, while also covering film, television, and the entertainment industry at large. When he’s not working, the International Relations graduate is either binging anime, immersing himself in the underground EDM scene, or crafting up original pieces.
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