CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — Chicago rapper King Von and two other people were shot and killed outside an Atlanta nightclub early Friday morning. Three others were wounded in the shooting.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) confirmed King Von, whose real name is Dayvon Bennett, was with a group of men who left the Opium Nightclub around 4 a.m. and went to the Monaco Hookah Lounge early Friday morning. When they arrived, two men approached them, and the two groups started arguing.
“The argument quickly escalated to gunfire between the two groups,” the GBI said in a statement.
The GBI said on- and off-duty Atlanta police officers responded to the scene, and one of each fired shots.
“During the shooting incident, six men were shot during the group altercation and officer encounter. Bennett and two men died as a result of their injuries, and three were injured and are being treated at a hospital,” the GBI said in a statement.
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The Atlanta Police Department said in a statement that its officers did not kill the rapper, who was 26.
“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,” the statement said.
No officers were injured.
“Part of the investigations will include determining which individuals were struck by gunfire from the suspects and whether any were struck by gunfire from the officers. Charges are anticipated against the two suspects detained on-scene and additional charges are likely as the investigation continues,” Atlanta Police spokesman Officer Anthony W. Grant said in a statement.
Last month, King Von released his album “Welcome to O-Block,” a nod to an area on Chicago’s South Side where he was raised. The album featured appearances from Moneybagg Yo, Polo G and Lil Durk.
“He was a devoted father, a deeply loyal friend, and a man who took care of his people before himself,” a statement from his publicist read. “We are heartbroken for his family, his friends, his team, and his fans. Long live King Von.”
Chance The Rapper, also from Chicago, took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the death of King Von. “Wow. This year was so tough. rip von God bless him and his family I can’t believe it,” he posted.
Wow. This year was so tough. rip von God bless him and his family I can’t believe it
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) November 6, 2020
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