The rapper King Von died early on Friday following a shooting outside an Atlanta, Georgia, nightclub in which police became involved, authorities said.
“At this time, our investigators believe Mr. Bennett was shot during the initial shootout between the two groups of males, prior to police responding and attempting to stop the shooting,” police said in a statement. He was taken to a hospital by private vehicle and was not among the victims found at the scene, police said.
According to police, two groups of males outside the Monaco Hookah Lounge began arguing with each other at around 3.20am. Two off-duty police officers, who were working an “extra job” at Monaco, were outside the lounge. “The officers were in uniform and a marked [Atlanta police department] vehicle with its blue lights activated for visibility was parked nearby,” authorities said.
Six people in all were shot, including one who was said to be in “extremely critical condition.” Three others were being treated at area hospitals and described as stable.
Two suspects who were detained are expected to be charged, police said. Authorities had previously said that three people had been killed, but that was later revised.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that officers fired shots at two locations. The agency said that the six people who were shot were men. The officers were not injured. The GBI is conducting an independent investigation into the police shooting.
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King Von, a native of Chicago, has been described as an up-and-coming rapper. Last week, he released the album “Welcome To O’Block.” His representatives said in a statement that he “emerged from difficult circumstances to become one music’s most promising stars,” Billboard reported.
“The 26-year-old artist left us just as the world was beginning to grasp the depths of his talents,” the representatives said.
NBA star LeBron James tweeted condolences on Friday, noting the impact King Von’s music had on him and his sons. Atalanta police said that part of the investigation will be to determine which of the victims were shot by what they described as the suspec