A Massachusetts man has been charged with assault with intent to murder after a shooting in Duxbury on Saturday shut down the southbound side of Route 3 for several hours.
Gai Scott, 36, of Randolph, was arrested after allegedly shooting his uncle, Raymond Scott, 48, of Mansfield during a funeral procession on Saturday, March 22. Raymond Scott is better known as Benzino, the Boston-based rapper and cast member of the VH1 reality show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.”
At approximately 11:54 a.m. on Saturday, the State Police received several 911 calls reporting a shooting on Route 3 southbound. According to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office, Troop D responded to the scene and observed a red Dodge SUV in the middle of Route 3. The Dodge had bullet holes and a “reddish brown substance believed to be blood” in the vehicle. Shell casings and projectiles were also found at the scene.
“At some point when the cars were side by side, Gai Scott fired several shots into the red Dodge SUV being driven by Raymond Scott,” said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz in a statement. “Raymond Scott was hit with gunfire.”
According to a report by State Trooper Robert M. Klimas, Gai Scott told police he feared for his wife and baby when he shot at the red SUV. Gai Scott also stated he was the “security for the funeral” several times.
Traffic was backed up on Route 3 Southbound after the shooting. State Police closed the highway to conduct an investigation into the incident. Photo by Karen Wong
Once placed under arrest, Gai Scott said he had just purchased the gun a couple of days before the funeral. According to the report, an officer found a handgun on the front passenger floor in a holster. Another gun was found in the glove box and a third was lying on the rear passenger floor in a cocked position. All three firearms were taking into custody by the police.
In the report by Klimas, Gai Scott stated the person in the red SUV had been threat- ening his life for a week. He said he was driving in a separate car with his wife and daughter in the funeral procession because he feared he might be attacked. When the male in the red vehicle pulled up alongside him in the left hand lane on Route 3, Gai Scott said the person drew his firearm from the holster with his right hand and fired across his body towards the red SUV.
Klimas said he observed the front driver’s side and front passenger side door windows smashed and what appeared to be three bullet holes in the passenger’s side front door and passengers side rear bumper cover of the red Dodge SUV.
State Police closed down Route 3 Southbound between exits 11 and 10 after a shooting occurred during a funeral procession. Photo by Karen Wong
In an interview conduct- ed at the Middleboro State Police Barracks, Gai Scott said he emptied the magazine of the firearm and reloaded it with a second magazine. Gai Scott said he believed Raymond Scott made contact with vehicles in the funeral procession once he got out of the red SUV on the highway, because he observed blood on a limousine.
An investigation into the incident revealed Raymond Scott to be Gai Scott’s uncle and further revealed family tension between the two. Gai Scott was traveling on the highway in a black Bentley in a funeral procession for Raymond Scott's mother, Mary Scott, whose funeral service was held at St. Peter's Church in Plymouth. The funeral was held after the shooting.
The DA's office said Gai Scott fired several shots into the red Dodge SUV being driven by Raymond Scott, who was hit by the gunfire. Raymond Scott got out of his vehicle on the highway and was taken to the Duxbury Police Department by relatives. He was then transported on advanced life support to South Shore Hospital by a Duxbury ambulance with two paramedics.
According to Klimas' report, during an interview with investigators, Raymond Scott was observed was observed suffering from a gunshot wound to his right shoulder and an abrasion to his back. Raymond Scott said he wasn't planning on going to the funeral, but was meeting a friend in Plymouth before leaving for Los Angeles on a flight scheduled for that afternoon.
On Sunday, Raymond Scott sent a message out to his Instagram followers from his account, @iambenzino, saying “Feel much better, GOD IS REAL...MY MOTHER TOUCHED ME, IM CERTAIN (sic).” He lat- er posted a photo of him with several women, thanking the women who brought him to the Duxbury Police Depart- ment: “Thank you auntie GENEVA, Janine, Rita!!! I LOVE YALL!!! (sic).”
In her obituary, Mary Scott is identified as the “cherished Nana” of Gai Scott. A celebration of life service was held at a funeral home in Quincy at 10:15 a.m. Saturday morning, before the funeral procession traveled south on Route 3 to the Plymouth Church.
Gai Scott was arraigned on Monday morning in Plymouth District Court. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault with intent to murder. He was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.