Florida rapper Julio Foolio has been shot dead at the age of 26 during his birthday celebration in an ‘ambush’ style attack in Tampa.

The death of the up-and-coming rapper, who has one million followers on Instagram, was confirmed by his attorney Lewis Fusco. 

‘Foolio,’ whose real name is Charles Jones, was celebrating his 26th birthday at an Airbnb with friends before he checked into a Holiday Inn, where he was ‘ambushed’ in the parking lot.

Tampa Police responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting at 11606 McKinley Drive at approximately 4:40 am. 

One person was reportedly killed and three others injured in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn. 

The rising Florida rapper Julio Foolio has been shot dead at age 26 during a birthday 'ambush' in Tampa

The rising Florida rapper Julio Foolio has been shot dead at age 26 during a birthday 'ambush' in Tampa

The rising Florida rapper Julio Foolio has been shot dead at age 26 during a birthday ‘ambush’ in Tampa

The death of the up-and-coming rapper, who has 1-million followers on Instagram , was confirmed by his attorney Lewis Fusco

The death of the up-and-coming rapper, who has 1-million followers on Instagram , was confirmed by his attorney Lewis Fusco

The death of the up-and-coming rapper, who has 1-million followers on Instagram , was confirmed by his attorney Lewis Fusco

'Foolio,' whose real name is Charles Jones, was celebrating his 26th birthday at an Airbnb with friends before he checked into a Holiday Inn, where he was 'ambushed' in the parking lot

'Foolio,' whose real name is Charles Jones, was celebrating his 26th birthday at an Airbnb with friends before he checked into a Holiday Inn, where he was 'ambushed' in the parking lot

‘Foolio,’ whose real name is Charles Jones, was celebrating his 26th birthday at an Airbnb with friends before he checked into a Holiday Inn, where he was ‘ambushed’ in the parking lot 

‘The victim in this morning’s shooting is believed to be Charles Jones,’ Tampa Police Public Information Officer Jonee’ Lewis wrote in a press release. ‘Positive identification is pending confirmation from the Medical Examiner’s Office.’

Foolio documented the evening with videos he shared with his Instagram followers. 

In one story, he mentioned cops turning up and shutting the celebration down – but the party continued to another location. 

Just hours before he was killed, Foolio thanked God for another year. 

‘God thank you for allowing me to see another Year & To celebrate another birthday,’ he wrote on X. ‘Appreciate all the birthday wishes so far.’ 

One person was reportedly killed and three others injured in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn

One person was reportedly killed and three others injured in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn

One person was reportedly killed and three others injured in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn 

Foolio documented the evening with videos he shared with his Instagram followers

Foolio documented the evening with videos he shared with his Instagram followers

Foolio documented the evening with videos he shared with his Instagram followers

Just hours before he was killed, Foolio thanked God for another year

Just hours before he was killed, Foolio thanked God for another year

Just hours before he was killed, Foolio thanked God for another year

This wasn't Foolio's first time being shot. The popular Jacksonville rapper has been a target of numerous shootings in the past with the latest occurring just eight months ago in October 2023 in another 'ambush' style attack

This wasn't Foolio's first time being shot. The popular Jacksonville rapper has been a target of numerous shootings in the past with the latest occurring just eight months ago in October 2023 in another 'ambush' style attack

This wasn’t Foolio’s first time being shot. The popular Jacksonville rapper has been a target of numerous shootings in the past with the latest occurring just eight months ago in October 2023 in another ‘ambush’ style attack

This wasn’t Foolio’s first time being shot. The popular Jacksonville rapper has been a target of numerous shootings in the past with the latest occurring just eight months ago in October 2023 in another ‘ambush’ style attack. 

Before that, he was injured in a shooting on November 8, 2021. 

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