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Violent clash between Detroit rappers, fight caught on video going viral

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A violent showdown between two rappers played out at one of Detroit's best-known landmarks, Cobo Center - and was also caught on video. Now police and others fear retaliation, especially after learning of talk of a bounty on social media.

Fox 2's Amy Lange talks to police about the incident and how they are working to calm the clash.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to watch her report or read the transcript below
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A beatdown, a robbery.

West-side Detroit rapper HBK of Doughboyz Cashout - knocked out, at an event at Cobo Center Wednesday night. His friend, also down, and in the melee HBK's expensive chain was stolen, only to show up in a photo on social media being worn by this man, an east-side rapper known as Greenguy Webbie. He and rapper Icewear Vezzo implicated in the crime. Motorcity Muckraker and concerned citizens bringing the viral video to Detroit police after threats on social media turned deadly.

"There's a potential for a lot of bullets to go flying, and we're talking a large group of people here that are making threats," Sgt. Michael Woody of the Detroit Police Department says.

From Twitter, talk of a $30,000 bounty on Greenguy's head and more profanity-laced threats. Both of the accused men have defended themselves saying, via Twitter, 'I do not have that chain and, yes, I did take a pic with it,' and 'I'm trying to set examples for these kids and this is the -expletive- my name gets dragged in?'

"Right now we're just trying to save a life right here. That's really what we're looking at," Woody says.

Sergeant Mike Woody with Detroit Police says the Gang Intelligence Surveillance Transit Unit, or GIST, is working the case trying to keep the threat of violence from becoming all too real. East side/west side fighting resulted in the deaths of two rappers in 2004 and 2005, and now police have reached out to both sides in this battle to stop the blood shed before it starts.

"Obviously we don't want to see anybody do anything rash. We're asking both sides to stay calm, give us a chance to work this out. This is really not worth anybody's life at this point. There's no reason to overreact here, we can still work this out," he says.

And Detroit Police you can tell, very concerned about this because of the nature of the people involved, the threats that have been involved and the fact that the video has gone viral. They say they're working to get the chain back to its rightful owner and they're asking everyone to just stay calm.

The individual who was injured, is he cooperating with police?

Police would not give us an idea of just how much people are cooperating. They say the folks who were injured really just received minor injuries. So they are going to be okay, and they said that everyone has been somewhat cooperative at this point.

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