Chicago rapper King Vaughan was among three people shot outside a nightclub in Atlanta on Friday, according to investigators.
They said it happened when their group was approached by two men in a car park after they left the city’s ium fem nightclub to go to the Monaco Hookah Lounge.
One argument led to the shelling – three other men were also shot, but he survived.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations said the on-duty police responded and fired.
However, Atlanta police said their officers did not kill the 26-year-old rapper, whose real name was Devon Bennett.
“At this time, our investigators believe that Mr. Bennett was shot during an initial shootout between a group of two men before police responded and tried to stop the shooting,” police said in a statement.
“Part of the investigation will determine which people were shot by the suspects and whether any of the officers were shot.
“Charges are expected against the two suspects detained at the scene and additional charges are likely as the investigation continues.”
King Vaughan released his new album Welcome to O-Block, a reference to the South Side of Chicago where he grew up, just over a week ago. He was considered one of the rising stars of rap.
Basketball star LeBron James paid tribute to him with a compliment: “Damon Rest Easy Vaughan! Brownie, Bryce and I were rocked by his music and storytelling! He had a great future ahead of the baby. My prayers and his blessed family. #LivenJames #Kingwon . “
Chance The Rapper posted: “Wow. This year has been tough. Rip Vaughan God bless him and his family. I can’t believe it.”
Bennett moved to Atlanta to escape his home trouble and be part of Atlanta’s rich rap scene, according to NPR, which says he will return to Chicago from time to time, giving them the families and children they need. “.
“He was a devoted father, a deeply loyal friend and a man who took care of himself before taking care of his people.”
“We are heartbroken for his family, his friends, his team and his fans. Long live King Vaughan.”
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