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Nappy Roots rapper Fish Scales robbed, kidnapped and shot in leg at his own brewery

A member of the Southern rap group Nappy Roots was kidnapped, robbed and shot at his brewery in Atlanta Wednesday night, police said.

Rapper Melvin Adams Jr., better known by his alter-ego Fish Scales, was leaving the Nappy Roots-owned Atlantucky Brewery at 11 p.m. when two men approached and robbed him at gunpoint.

The assailants forced Scales to drive to his Hapeville home. Once in Hapeville, Scales attempted to escape and was shot in the leg by one of the kidnappers.

Rapper Fish Scales was shot during a kidnapping and robbery Wednesday.

The kidnappers then fled, and Scales went to a neighbor’s house for help. Police arrived and Scales was taken to the hospital.

Skinny DeVille, who opened the brewery with Scales earlier this year, told WXIA of Atlanta that a patron was shot outside the bar.

“I am certainly relieved that my business partner and brother Scales is safe and recovering…that is what is most important,” said DeVille. “We are certainly also praying for the patron who was shot outside the establishment.”

Atlantucky Brewery from the outside.
Scales was leaving Atlantucky Brewery, which he owns with other members of Nappy Roots, when his assailants approached.
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Fish Scales of the Nappy Roots performs at the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary celebration, on Thursday, August 29, 2013
Police are still investigating the incident that led to the rapper getting shot.
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The group posted a photo of a posed Scales in a hospital bed, adding that “he is looking forward to getting back to work both on music and brewery.”

The brewery remains closed but should reopen Friday, August 19, according to the Atlanta Eater.

Police are still investigating the incident.

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