A Georgia man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Chicago-born rapper King Von outside a club in Atlanta late last week.
Timothy Leeks, 22, of Savannah, was arrested on Saturday following a furious gun battle that erupted outside the Monaco Hookah Lounge just after 4am on Friday morning.
Investigators initially reported that three people died in the shooting, but police said Saturday two were killed and a third remained in critical condition. Three others were also wounded.
Among those killed was King Von, real name Dayvon Daquan Bennett, who was fatally wounded in the club’s parking lot and later pronounced dead in hospital.
In a statement issued after Leeks’ arrest, the Atlanta Police Department (APD) said he was in custody at Grady Hospital and was undergoing treatment for a gunshot wound.
‘The homicide of Bennett is closed with this arrest,’ the spokesperson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The names of the additional victims in the incident have not been released, and it’s still unclear who shot them.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is probing the incident as an officer-involved shooting after Atlanta police working in the area attempted to intervene in the shootout.
Two of the officers involved were in uniform working off-duty security jobs at the hookah lounge, and a third was on-duty nearby, according to police. None of the officers were injured.
Rumors surrounding the incident claimed Bennett was killed by police gunfire, but APD officials said their investigators believe the rapper ‘was shot during the initial shootout between the two groups of males, prior to police responding and attempting to stop the shooting.’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Luke Kenton