The “Pop, Lock & Drop It” star — real name Lawrence Franks Jr. — was shot at least once at about 11 p.m. Thursday while in a front yard, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Huey — who had a teenage daughter — was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital, police told the paper, without officially confirming his identity.
A second victim went to a local precinct and was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police told the paper. It was not immediately clear how he was connected to Huey.
While officials did not confirm his identity, the local hip-hop community lit up social media with tributes to one of the city’s most popular recent rappers.
“They killed my lil cousin,” tweeted former state Rep. Bruce Franks Jr., a local activist fighting gun violence known as the ”St. Louis Superman.”
“The last time we performed together! Y’all knew him as Huey, to his loved ones he was LJ! My lil cousin! Rest Easy!”
St. Louis-based producer and songwriter Jaylien Wesley said he “shed a few” at the news.
“My dawg Huey is gone forever,” he wrote, saying, “Ima help keep your spirit alive down here. much much love forever.”
DJ Boogie Corleone said the news “hit hard” in an Instagram tribute. “Rest well my friend,” he wrote.
The rapper — also known as Baby Huey — previously told the Post-Dispatch about his “really rough” upbringing, the paper said.
“My mama and daddy were on drugs. My brother was in and out of jail. The foster people were chasing me. It was crazy,” he said in a 2007 interview.