Daniel Lighty, a Columbia University Student, Has Been Shot and Killed
Daniel Lighty is a music manager who has worked with such celebrities as Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent. Additionally, he owns OhioKAN entertainment company.
On Thursday, he opened fire on deputies responding to 911 calls. One bullet hit a patrol vehicle; one deputy returned fire but no one was injured in this exchange of shots.
Early Life and Education
Daniel Lighty was a proud father to two sons and member of New Providence Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, bowling, word search puzzles and living life to the fullest extent.
He was found with two 9mm pistols and 200 rounds of ammunition, as well as 76 spent shell casings in both his minivan, where police believe he fired shots at officers, and in the area where he stood.
Lighty surrendered after hours of intense negotiations. According to Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister, Lighty had been upset with the mental health treatment received at a hospital and will receive further assistance once in jail, according to sheriff’s officials. Brandon Boulevard between Glendale Drive and Bryan Road remains closed as a result of this shooting incident.
Donald Lighty has been practicing law in Texas for over 25 years and specializes in Personal Injury-General: Defense law. This award has been bestowed upon only select attorneys annually.
The Sheriff’s Office stated Lighty was armed when he entered Washed Up Brandon car wash on Thursday and refused to leave when asked by employees; then began shooting at them, hitting one bullet which hit a patrol vehicle’s side panel.
Body camera footage shows deputies taking cover behind a building when an individual started firing weapons at them, eventually convincing him to surrender and being arrested one hour later – no officers were hurt during this ordeal.
Achievement and Honors
Lighty has been active with several student organizations at Columbia, including the Black Capstone Caucus, Delta Sigma Theta sorority and Multicultural Assistance Peer Program. She has also served on both the Student Life Advisory Group and Inclusive Excellence Students’ Advisory Council.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister reported that Lighty fired more than 70 times at deputies without injuring any. Their office released body camera footage showing deputies taking cover behind businesses as Lighty continued shooting at them.
Sheriff Lutz reported that lives have been saved due to a 40-hour training program implemented by her department in 2019 to assist police with people experiencing mental crises. Other awards were presented to Illini Union Assistant Director Dementro Powell and microbiology researcher Yekaterina Golubeva.
Lighty was no longer shooting deputies when his ammunition ran out, according to the sheriff’s office. Instead, he returned to his car and called 911 before becoming angry over mental health treatment at a hospital recently received. A crisis negotiator then intervened and convinced Lighty not to shoot at deputies instead surrender without being shot at first.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister credits God as being responsible for no injuries sustained when 35-year-old Daniel Lighty fired 72 rounds from a car wash parking lot on Brandon Boulevard. Chronister says they will provide more details once their department secures a search warrant on Lighty’s vehicle.
Body camera footage shows deputies taking cover behind a business after Lighty began firing at them; at one point a round struck one deputy’s patrol car.
Violator founder Lighty helped launch the careers of Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, Jay Z, Q-Tip and 50 Cent; in addition to working closely with LL Cool J and other prominent rappers.
After his passing, music stars extended their condolences to his family and paid their respects. One such artist was Rihanna who wrote on Twitter that Lighty “was an important figure in hip hop industry, helping create culture we all cherish today. We will miss him.”
Deja Lighty, Lighty’s daughter, works as an accountant executive for Cleveland Cavaliers and Roc Nation and was previously in a relationship with NBA star Donovan Mitchell before they parted ways. Deja currently has an estimated net worth of $30 Million but had a difficult teenage life after her father committed suicide when she was just 16 years old.