PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A rapper traveling with the group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was arrested on Friday afternoon, after allegedly firing a gun outside of a nightclub in Patchogue.

Steward Howse, 33, known by the stage name Stew Deez allegedly fired a gun into the air during a fight involving several people in the rear parking lot of The Emporium on Friday morning.

Suffolk County Police responded to a call reporting a fight outside of the club following a performance by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Responding units heard gunshots and found a large crowd dispersing from the area, police said. 

No injuries were reported, and a check of area hospitals turned up negative results.

“Emporium has the finest security every time we are open. It is extremely safe. It was not our event, so to speak, they actually rented the room out for the night so,” Vincent Trimarco Jr., the venue’s attorney, told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

Deez had gone on stage before the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony performance and was traveling with the group as part of a national tour.

The rapper was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. He was arrested following an investigation and was scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Saturday.


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