Wyclef Jean was shot in the hand in Port-au-Prince Haiti last night, during a trip to support fellow musician and presidential candidate Michael Martelly. He was treated for the superficial wound, released from the hospital, and his reps confirmed via Twitter that he was doing fine. Officials have not been able to confirm that Wyclef was a specific target. According to spokesman Gerry Ande, “He heard a gunshot, then he saw his right-hand palm was bleeding.”
Last year, the 41-year-old musician entered an official bid as a presidential candidate in the Haitian election, but was deemed ineligible to run. Candidates are expected to have five consecutive years of residency in the country, a requirement that the New York-based artist could not skirt. Wyclef officially withdrew his bid in late August, and then protested his exclusion in a song titled “Prison for the CEP.” But since then the former Fugees member has continued his work in the earthquake ravaged country, through his Yele Haiti foundation.
Updated Wyclef later described the incident to The Associated Press in a telephone interview saying, “The way I can explain it is that the bullet grazed me in my right hand. I heard blow, blow, blow and I just looked at my hand.”