Alert off duty cop saved little boy who became rap star

By Ramon Antonio Vargas
The Times-Picayune

NEW ORLEANS — Lil Wayne never would have made it had it not been for big Robert Hoobler.

The celebrated New Orleans rapper would have bled to death on the floor of his mother's Hollygrove apartment the afternoon of Nov. 11, 1994, at just 12 years old, after accidentally shooting himself in the chest while playing with a 9 mm handgun.

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