The fracas broke out on December 27, 1999, at a Manhattan nightclub where Shyne, Sean Combs with then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez and their entourage had been partying. Around 3 a.m., Combs and Shyne allegedly began arguing with another group of patrons. Someone threw money at Combs, a gesture of disrespect, and guns started going off. Three bystanders were shot - patron's Robert Thompson and Natanya Reuben and club's bouncer, Julius Jones. Shyne, who police found with a pistol in his waistband, was arrested after bystanders identified him as one of the shooters.
Combs, Lopez, bodyguard Anthoney Jones and driver Wardel Fenderson fled the scene, but were later apprehended. Lopez was released, but the other three were charged on various weapons charges after a stolen gun was found under the front seat. Later another gun was located after a witness tipped off police stating that they saw someone in the Comb's car toss a gun out the car window.
No charges were filed against Lopez. Combs and his bodyguard, Anthony "Wolf" Jones, were acquitted of gun possession charges and Shyne received a 10-year prison. Barrow has always claimed he acted in self-defense and only fired his gun after the other group, Matthew 'Scar' Allen and his crew began shooting.
During the trial, Shyne's lawyer, Murray Richman, argued that a ballistics report proved that the bullets which stuck the victims were not from Shyne's gun and that the rapper fired shots into the air and not into the crowd. However, it was not enough to get Shyne out of being convicted of first-degree assault and being sent to prison for ten years.