PLEASANTVILLE — Police are looking for whoever shot rapper Beanie Sigel on Friday morning at the Spruce Avenue home where he was under federal home detention.

Sigel — whose real name is Dwight Grant — was found at about 9:30 a.m., with a gunshot wound to the abdomen in the home registered to Michele Salahuddin, a member of his wife's family. He was rushed to the Trauma Unit at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, where he was sedated after surgery, Police Chief Jose Ruiz said.

He was in critical but stable condition.

There appears to have been an altercation before the shooting.

A man was taken into custody after police chased a vehicle that appeared to be related to the shooting. He was being questioned Friday night, but no charges had been filed. He is not believed to be the shooter, police said. The vehicle involved in the pursuit was recovered unoccupied at the intersection of Hampton and Washington avenues, police said. It was taken in for processing.

Sigel was released from federal prison in August, after serving a two-year sentence on a tax evasion charge. He had been in a halfway house in Philadelphia until Sept. 25, when he was released to home detention.

His home monitoring ankle bracelet was set off at the hospital, when doctors cut it off to tend to him, authorities said.

Umar Salahuddin Jr., 22, was injured in the altercation but refused medical treatment, according to the report. He was not shot, and did not cooperate with police.

Salahuddin's sister Jahira Salahuddin has a 5-year-old son with Sigel, 40.

Sigel spoke at Umar Salahuddin's 2011 sentencing on a weapons offense before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael Donio, according to court records.

The rapper was  a protege of rap superstar Jay Z until the two had a falling out. His records have sold more than a million copies. 

He previously served time in prison on weapons charges, and was acquitted of attempted murder in a 2003 Philadelphia shooting.

In 2006, he was shot during a robbery in Philadelphia.

Staff Writer Brian Ianieri contributed to this report.

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