Investigators say Chicago rapper King Vaughan was among three people shot outside an Atlanta nightclub on Friday.
They said they left the city’s opium nightclub to go to the Monaco Hookah Lounge when his group contacted two men in a car park.
The argument escalated into a gunfight – three more survived the shooting.
On-duty police responded and fired, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
But Atlanta police said officers did not kill the 2-year-old rapper, whose real name was Devon Bennett.
“At this time, our investigators believe Mr. Bennett was shot between two groups of police, before the police responded and before attempting to shoot,” police said in a statement.
“As part of the investigation, it will be determined whether a person was shot and wounded by the suspects and if anyone was shot by the officers.
“Additional charges are expected as charges are expected against the two suspects detained at the scene and an investigation is ongoing.”
King Vaughan has released his new album Welcome to O-Block, where he grew up a reference to the south of Chicago, just a week ago. He is considered one of the rising stars of RAP.
In a tribute to them, basketball player LeBron James wrote: “Damon Rest Easy Von! Bruni, Bryce and I joked about his music and story! The baby had a very bad future ahead of him. My prayers and blessings to him family. #LivenJams Kingwan “”
Chance The Rapper posted: “Wow. This year has been very difficult. Rip Von him God bless him and his family I can’t believe it.”
Bennett moved to Atlanta to escape trouble in his hometown and to be part of Atlanta’s prosperous rap scene, according to NPR, which he says he occasionally returned to Chicago “with cash” and gave gifts to their families and needy children. “.
His preacher said, “He was a devoted father, a deeply loyal friend, and a man who cared for his people before himself.”
“We are heartbroken for his family, his friends, his team and his fans. Long live King Vaughan.”
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