Rapper King Von at Atlanta Nightclub shot dead
Investigators conclude that the musician was fired until police intervention
Rapper King Von died early on Friday after a shooting outside Atlanta , Georgia, a nightclub involving officers, officials said.
The Atlanta Police Department said the musician, whose real name is Dayvon Daquan Bennett, was shot by police, but more in a shootout that followed police involvement.
"Our investigators suspect that Mr Bennett was shot during the initial shooting between the two groups of males, before the police responded and tried to stop the shooting," officials said in a statement.
Two groups of males outside the Monaco Hookah Lounge started fighting with each other about 3.20am, police say. Two off-duty policemen doing a "extra role" at Monaco were outside the lounge. "The officers were in uniform and a designated car with its blue lights engaged for identification was parked nearby," officials said.
The "quickly erupted gunfire between these two parties," police said.
One of two off-duty officers and an on-duty cop working in the lounge "confronted" the suspected gunmen. Police said "the confrontation fired bullets."
Bennett was taken in a private car, police said. A total of three people died, including Bennett.
Bennett, 26, from Chicago, was on target for a watershed year. His first mixtape, Grandson, Vol 1, released in September 2019, Pitchfork said. Bennett released his second mixtape in March, Levon James, which reached No 81 on Rolling Stone 's Top 200 album chart, the magazine reported. Bennett amassed 575 m streams, the magazine said.
Artists like Chance The Rapper shared sadness over Bennett 's passing.
"Wow. Wow. This year was so rough. I can't believe him and his family, "he tweeted Friday afternoon.
Georgia investigation office (GBI) was asked to investigate the presence of officers in this incident.
During the initial altercation and eventual involvement, six men were wounded. The three men who died from bullet wounds were hospitalized, GBI said. The officers didn't hurt.
"The GBI will continue its independent investigation," the office added. "After the investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to the Fulton county attorney for approval."
Atlanta police also scrutinize deaths. "Part of the inquiries would involve identifying which perpetrators were hit by bullets and if the officers struck someone by gunfire," police added.
Attempts to contact Bennett's leaders were unsuccessful immediately.
Ghazi Shami, who allegedly created Bennett's record label, wrote: "My heart is strong. Another young star grew too fast. I pray for your family.
He added: "We must find a new path. There's so much pointless abuse. This must end. God's supporting.