LITTLE ROCK, AR (WMC) - The first charges related to a shooting that happened at a Little Rock nightclub as a Memphis rapper performed were filed in court Tuesday.
The bodyguard for rapper Ricky "Finese2Tymes" Hampton is charged with providing a firearm to a convicted felon or an unlawful user of a controlled substance, providing armed security to a convicted felon, and conspiracy to commit those crimes.
The bodyguard is identified as Kentrell Dominique Gwynn.
The charges follow Hampton's indictment on separate charges not connected with the nightclub shooting.
Hampton was on stage at Power Ultra Lounge in Little Rock on July 1 when 25 people were shot. A shell casing found at the scene was matched to a firearm found in Gwynn's possession the following day.
ATF agents and Little Rock police officers arrested Gwynn on federal charges Tuesday morning in Memphis. He pleaded not guilty.
Investigators said Gwynn was driving with Hampton on July 2 when Hampton was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, on state felony charges related to a Forrest City shooting. Hampton had possession of a .40-caliber pistol, which was loaded with nine rounds, in a thigh holster.
A Glock 23 .40-caliber pistol was also found on the seat with Gwynn. A loaded Century Carms RAS47 AK-style pistol, similar to the one seen in videos in the Forrest City shooting, was also found in the backseat.
Investigators said Gwynn was Hampton's bodyguard and was with him on stage at the Power Ultra Lounge concert during the shooting.