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Rapper ODB Shot in Robbery

July 1, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Rapper ODB, founder of the popular rap group The Wu-Tang Clan, was in stable condition today after being shot during a robbery in his apartment.

The rapper, whose real name is Russell Jones, walked into a hospital emergency room Tuesday afternoon after being shot once in his Brooklyn apartment. His apartment door was unlocked when the armed intruders ripped off jewelry, then fired a pistol, hitting him in the back, said Officer Gary Cillo, a police spokesman.

The Wu-Tang Clan has sold millions of records and has a successful clothing line. Its members have also enjoyed hits as spin-off acts, including ODB.

ODB made headlines in February when he crashed the stage at the Grammy Awards and hijacked a microphone from singer Shawn Colvin as she accepted an award. Apparently upset at losing the best rap album Grammy to Puff Daddy, ODB complained that he spent a lot of money for new clothes because he thought he was going to win.

The rapper later apologized.

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