Wyclef Jean said a bullet grazed his hand as he stepped out of a car to make a phone call, but local police claim he was only injured by glass.
"The way I can explain it is that the bullet grazed me in my right hand," said the hip-hop singer, who has been in Haiti campaigning on behalf of Michel (Sweet Micky) Martelly. "I heard blow, blow, blow and I just looked at my hand."
Jean said he was in a car with a driver in the Delmas section of the capital at the time. He doesn't know who fired the shots, or whether they were directed at him, the 37-year-old Grammy winner said.
Cops down-played the violence, and say the New Jersey resident - a Haitian-American who hoped to compete in the Caribbean nation's ongoing presidential race - suffered only a minor cut to his hand from glass in an apparent accident.
"We met with the doctor who saw him and he confirmed Wyclef was cut by glass," Vanel Lacroix, police chief in Petionville where Jean is staying, told Reuters.