2 More arrests in Atlanta killed rapper King Von
A week after a brawl outside an Atlanta hookah lounge erupted in gunfire, killing an up-and-coming Chicago rapper and another man, police reported more arrests in the case.
King Von, whose real name was Dayvon Bennett, was shot 6 Nov. when a brawl outside the Monaco Hookah Lounge turned fatal. A second man, Chicago's 34-year-old Mark Blakely, was also killed and a third gunshot victim remains in critical condition, police said Thursday.
The GBI is investigating the incident as an officer-involved shooting after Atlanta police sought to intervene in the shootout. Two of the officers in the hookah lounge served uniformly off-duty security positions, and a third was on-duty nearby, officials said.
Atlanta police said 22-year-old Timothy Leeks was charged with Bennett's murder last Saturday, but it's still unknown who killed Blakely. Leeks was shot during gunfire exchange, authorities said.
He was released from hospital on Nov. 19 and booked in Fulton County Jail, showing online records. At his first hearing two days later, he was denied bail.
Two other men, 21-year-old Johnny Harris and 23-year-old Kevin Jones, have been charged in the shootout since, Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee said. Jones faces one count of aggravated assault, and a convicted criminal suspects Harris of possessing a weapon, police say. He also faces a charge of parole violation.
Authorities have named remaining shooting victims as Bryant Humphrey, 28, Francois Jameson, 27, and Saada Mchardy, 19. It's still unclear which of those people, if any, Atlanta police fired.
A GBI spokeswoman said Thursday night the case is pending and investigators had no additional information to provide.
Recently, King Von released a 16-track album and was scheduled to debut a music video for his song "Armed & Dangerous" the day he was killed.
Surveillance video posted to Twitter last week showed the rapper being shot outside the nightclub during the initial brawl.
A large group is seen leaving the club as punches are thrown. After one man leaves behind an SUV, the party scatters and starts shooting. One of the victims, probably Bennett, is then picked up, put into a car and driven away from the scene.
He was rushed to hospital where according to police, he later died from his injuries.
"Our investigators believe that Mr. Bennett was shot during the initial shooting between the two groups of males, before police responded and attempted to stop the shooting," Atlanta police said earlier.