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King Von, promising Chicago rapper, shot and killed in Atlanta

Emerging Chicago rapper King Von was one of three people shot dead in Atlanta early Friday morning, the Atlanta Police Department said, in an altercation involving both on-duty and off-duty police officers. service trying to break up a fight.

King Von, born Dayvon Bennett, 26, was one of two groups of men who started arguing outside the Monaco Hookah Lounge near the city center at around 3:20 a.m. gunshots, authorities said in a statement on Friday. Two off-duty Atlanta police officers were working to secure the facility and a duty officer was patrolling nearby, they said. Two of the policemen clashed with the shooters, resulting in additional gunfire.

Police said three people were found at the scene with gunshot wounds and taken to hospital, while three others, including King Von, left the scene and were driven to hospital by vehicles. private. No police were injured in the shooting, police said.

“At this point, our investigators believe Mr. Bennett was shot in the initial shooting between the two groups of men, before the police reacted and tried to stop the shooting,” Atlanta Police said. , adding that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had been called. to investigate the conduct of officers. “Part of the investigations will include determining who was affected by the gunfire by the suspects and whether anyone was affected by the gunfire by the officers.”

King Von was a native of Chicago, originally from Parkway Gardens, the low-income apartments located in the area known as O’Block on the south side of the city. Last week he released his third album, “Welcome to O’Block,” to hit streaming services. He’s been entangled in the Chicago drill scene, alongside artists like Chief Keef and Lil Durk, who signed King Von to his label, Only the Family Entertainment, where he developed a reputation for living storytelling at the level of. the street.

After spending his teenage years in and out of Chicago prison, King Von moved to Atlanta to focus on his music career. “I like the people of Chicago more, but it’s just smarter to live where I am now,” he said in an interview this summer.

A year earlier, King Von was arrested in Atlanta, along with Lil Durk, and charged with attempted murder, among other crimes, for what prosecutors said was their role in a robbery outside the food court. fast local varsity. The two men were then released on bail and the case remained open.

On Friday, the rapper was mourned on social media by artists including Chance the Rapper, Lil yachty and YG.

“Von overcame incredibly difficult circumstances as a young man, but he never lost sight of what it meant to give back and uplift his community,” the label and distribution company Empire, which helped release the music from the rapper, said in a press release. “He was a loving father, a dedicated member of his community and an incredible talent that was just beginning to scratch the surface of his limitless potential.