Huey – who had a teenage daughter – was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital, police told the newspaper, without officially confirming his identity.
A second victim went to a local compound and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police told the newspaper. It was not immediately clear how he was connected to Huey.
Although officials have not confirmed his identity, the local hip-hop community has lit up social media by paying tribute to one of the city’s most popular recent rappers.
“They killed my little cousin,” tweeted former state official Bruce Franks Jr., a local activist fighting gun violence known as “St. Louis Superman. ”
“The last time we played together! You knew him as Huey, for his relatives, he was LJ! My little cousin! Keep calm! ”
St. Louis producer and songwriter Jaylien Wesley said he “Throw a few” on the news.
“Buddy Huey is gone forever,” he wrote, “Ima is helping to keep your spirit alive here. lots of love forever. ”
DJ Boogie Corleone said the news was “hit hard” in an Instagram tribute. “Rest well my friend,” he wrote.
The rapper – also known as Baby Huey – previously spoke to the Post-Dispatch about his “really rough” upbringing, the newspaper said.
“My mom and dad were on drugs. My brother had entered and left prison. The host families were chasing me. It was crazy, “he said in a 2007 interview.