RAPPER King Von was shot on Friday morning after a gunfight broke out near an Atlanta nightclub.
The Chicago native was just 26 years old.
TMZ reported a fight between two groups of men outside the Monaco Hookah Lounge in downtown Atlanta escalated to shots being fired.
A total of six people were allegedly shot with three staying at the scene of the crime and being picked up by EMT’s, and three others fleeing.
Their involvement with the shooting was discovered when they ended up at the hospital as well.
Three of those shot died from their wounds, including King Von, though it’s unclear who shot him.
The outlet further claimed that there were several police officers – both off and on duty – already present at the scene and they also opened fire as they confronted the gunmen.
No police officers were wounded at the shooting.
DJ Akademiks, who was a close friend of the rapper, shared the news on social media.
He wrote: “Rest in peace, King Von.
“It’s with great sadness that I have to confirm that King Von has passed away. I spoke with his manager who luckily survived being shot and is currently recovering in the hospital.
“However, Von’s manager did confirm that Von was shot and did not make it.”
He further claimed: “From my convo with Von manager who survived getting shot, he says it wasn’t the police who killed King Von.
“However, he did say Police did engage in a shoot out with other armed individuals who were there.
“King Von reportedly was unarmed.”
King’s record label also shared a touching tribute on social media.
Record label executive Nima Etminan wrote: “I despise having to make this post. Heartbroken.
“You came from nothing and were on your way to having it all. Gone way too soon.
“This was your big moment, your big week! The album finally dropped and hit #1 on Apple Music! The whole industry has their eyes on you!
“My condolences to your family, friends and our whole staff. Proud to have been a part of your career Von. Rest In Peace.”
Police confirmed to the Mirror that gunfire broke out in a car park after a fight quickly escalated between two groups.
Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Timothy Peek told the outlet: “That physical altercation escalated into an exchange of gunfire with those groups.
“Two police officers who were working at that particular club, or lounge, noticed the altercation and engaged some of the people involved. There was an exchange of gunfire with police as well.”
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King Von – whose real name was Dayvon Daquan Bennett – was an up and coming rapper in Atlanta, who began his career in 2018.
He had just released his most recent album this week and was premiering a music video today for the song, Armed and Dangerous.