The Chicago rapper, King Von, was among three people shot dead outside a nightclub in Atlanta on Friday, according to investigators.
They said the incident occurred when his team was approached by two men in a parking lot after they left the city’s Opium Nightclub for the Monaco Hookah Lounge.
One argument escalated to gunfire – three other men were also shot but survived.
Georgia Investigation Office said police on and off duty responded and opened fire.
However, Atlanta police said their officers did not kill 26-year-old rapper whose real name is Dayvon Bennett.
“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. said in a statement.
“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.
“Two suspects arrested at the scene are likely to be charged and potentially charged further as the investigation continues.”
King Von released a new album Welcome To O-Block, a reference to Chicago’s South Side, where he grew up, just a week ago. He is considered one of the rising stars of the rap industry.
Basketball star LeBron James was one of the men to pay tribute, on the tweet: “Damn Rest Easy Von! Bronny, Bryce and I were rocked with his music and story! The kid has a good future ahead. My prayers and blessings to the family. #LeVonJames #KingVon. “
Damn Rest Easy Von! Bronny, Bryce and I were rocked with his music and storytelling! The child has a good future ahead. My prayers and blessings to his family. 🙏🏾 #LeVonJames #KingVon
– LeBron James (@KingJames) November 6, 2020
Chance The Rapper posted: “Wow. It’s been tough this year. I can’t believe God bless him and his family.”
Bennett moved to Atlanta to get out of trouble in his hometown and is part of Atlanta’s thriving rap scene, according to NPR, saying he will occasionally return to Chicago “with cash , and give them to families and children in need. “
“He is a devoted father, a deeply loyal friend, and a man who always takes care of everyone before himself,” said his poster.
“We are heartbroken for his family, friends, team and fans. Long live King Von.”