Emerging Chicago rapper King Von was one of three people shot dead in Atlanta early Friday morning, the Atlanta Police Department said, in a chaos that involved both police officers on duty. and trying to break a brawl.
King Von, born Dayvon Bennett, 26, was among two groups of men who started arguing outside the Monaco Hookah Lounge, near the city center, around 3:20 a.m., leading to shooting, authorities the charge said in a statement on Friday. Two Atlanta police officers on duty are doing security at the facility, and a duty officer is patrolling nearby, they say. Two of the officers confronted the shooters, resulting in additional shots being fired.
Police said three people were discovered at the scene with gunshot wounds and were transported to the hospital, while three others, including King Von, left the scene and were taken to hospital by car. private. Police said no officers were injured in the shooting.
“At this point, our investigators believe Mr. Bennett was shot in the first shootout between two groups of men, before the police responded and tried to stop the shooting,” police said. Atlanta said, and added that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the officers’ behavior. “Part of the investigation will include identifying which individuals have been hit by bullets from suspects and whether anyone has been hit by bullets from officers.”
King Von is a native of Chicago from Parkway Gardens, a low-income apartment complex located in the so-called O’Block area on the South Side of the city. Last week, he released his third album, “Welcome to O’Block”, which has enjoyed success on streaming services. He was mesmerized during the Chicago rehearsal scene, along with artists like Chief Keef and Lil Durk, who signed with King Von for his record label, Only the Family Entertainment, where he was famous. is known for its lively storytelling on the street level.
After spending his teen years in and out of prison in Chicago, King Von moved to Atlanta to focus on his music career. “I prefer people in Chicago, but it’s smarter to live where I am,” he said in an interview this summer.
A year earlier, King Von was arrested in Atlanta, along with Lil Durk, and charged with intentional murder, among other felony counts, for what prosecutors consider their role in an robbery outside of local fast food restaurant The Varsity. Both men were later released, and the case remains open.
On Friday, the rapper was grieved by artists including Chance the Rapper, Lil Yachty and YG on social media.
“Von overcame extremely difficult circumstances as a young man, but never lost the sense of giving back and uplifting his community,” Empire production and distribution, where has helped release the rapper’s music, said in a statement. “He’s a loving father, a devoted member of his community and a great talent that is just beginning to surface the surface of his boundless potential.”