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Shooting of Rapper’s Kin Reportedly Probed

August 20, 2003 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Police reportedly are investigating whether there could be a connection between the fatal shooting of rap legend Jam Master Jay and the wounding months later of the rapper’s nephew.

Karl Jordan, 20, was arrested on Aug. 8 on charges of attempted murder in the shooting of Rodney Jones, who was hit in the leg by gunfire in the Hollis section of Queens on May 14, authorities said.

Jones, a rapper known as Little Dee, is the nephew of Jam Master Jay, whose real name was Jason Mizell. Mizell was killed on Oct. 30 by a masked gunman in the lounge of his recording studio in Queens.

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Jones identified Jordan as the gunman, the Daily News and Newsday reported Wednesday.

Darren Jordan, Jordan’s father, told the News that investigators have questioned his son about Mizell’s death.

``The police are telling my son he’s in a lot of trouble, and people are saying he had something to do with the murder of Jam Master Jay,″ Darren Jordan told the News. ``My son ain’t scared, but he’s not comfortable. He knows he didn’t do it.″

Investigators have explored several different theories involving the death of Mizell, the DJ and founding member of Run-DMC.

There has been speculation he may have been involved in a dispute over money, or that he was caught in the crossfire of a rivalry between rap figures who associate with known criminals.