Rapper King Von, 26, was fatally shot early Friday morning following an altercation outside of an Atlanta hookah lounge.
According to authorities, two groups of men engaged in a heated argument in the parking lot of the lounge before gunfire erupted around 3:30 a.m. Four other people were wounded in the exchange, but King Von and another man were killed.
Atlanta police stated that the alleged gunmen were confronted by both an off-duty police officer who was working at the Monaco Hookah Lounge and an officer who was patrolling nearby. Shots were fired during this encounter, thereby leading the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to look into the case.
In an official statement, Atlanta police also asserted that “at this time, our investigators believe (King Von) was shot during the initial shootout between the two groups … prior to police responding and attempting to stop the shooting. Additionally, (King Von) was not located at the scene, but arrived at a hospital shortly after the shooting, via private vehicle.”
At present, police have found three suspects with gunshot wounds who were taken by ambulances to the hospital. Additionally, three more people went to the hospital in private vehicles. Authorities informed the media that four people were being treated in area hospitals on Friday, and that one of them was in extremely critical condition.
Police also announced that they had detained two people near the lounge who may face charges for the incident. The GBI is currently investigating whether or not the individuals that were shot were struck by bullets from the police officers or from the two suspects.
King Von, born Dayvon Bennett, was a rising star in the hip-hop world and was most famous of his song, “Crazy Story 2.0” featuring Lil Durk. After the track peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, King Von was signed to Lil Durk’s record label, Only the Family and EMPIRE.
Fellow artists, celebrities and fans alike shared their dismay via social media on Friday, including Chance the Rapper, YG and NBA star LeBron James.