ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- St. Louis rapper Travis Tremayne Tyler, known as Thi'sl, was shot in the leg Tuesday morning, just after midnight on Washington Avenue and 15th Street.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department say this started as an attempted armed robbery. Police say the rapper had his own gun on him and exchanged gunfire with the suspect. Police say the suspect got into a car with two others and drove off.
Thi'sl posted a picture on Thursday to his Instagram page showing his rehabilitation in the hospital. In the post he says, "The road to recovery is going to be a long one. Speaking with my doctor today it could be up to three months before my leg is completely healed."
Darrie Deboise is a fan of the rapper. "He made decent music. I was kind of rooting for him, so it was kind of crazy that he got shot, but that's what happens down here," said Deboise, who is frustrated with how much violence is happening in a popular street in downtown St. Louis.
"I don't know if the police need to patrol it more or what, but it's crazy, it's right downtown and there's so much to offer down here," said Deboise.
One the many restaurants along Washington Ave. is Sliced Pint, which is located near where this shooting happened. General manager of Sliced Pint, Alan Stotler commented on the crime affecting his restaurant. "It's definitely not increasing business and keeping people away from being out," said Stotler.
Stotler says he's thankful they are also located close to City Museum. He says they get all the family traffic from there, which combats the lack of business that happens because of the crime.
"I don't think people are going to stop coming to the City Museum because there was a shooting. It's a staple of the city and everybody whether you're in town or out of town...that's where they go," said Stotler.
A friend of Thi'sl set up a GoFundMe account to pay for the rapper's medical expenses. Their goal is to raise $24,000. To donate: Thi'sl's Journey to Recovery