Chicago rapper King Von was killed in Atlanta during an officer-involved shooting at the Monaco Hookah Lounge on Friday, authorities said. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Von, real name Dayvon Bennett, was one of three men fatally shot during an altercation outside of the club. Two men apparently approached Von’s group in a parking lot and began to argue. It “quickly escalated to gunfire,” the GBI said, adding that two Atlanta cops arrived at the scene—one on-duty and one off-duty—and fired their weapons, too. In all, six men were shot. Three were being treated at a local hospital. The GBI said no officers were injured and a probe is underway.
“It’s with great sadness that I have to confirm that King Von has passed away,” YouTuber DJ Akademiks tweeted. “I spoke with his manager who luckily has 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. Several rappers expressed their sadness for the up-and-comer’s death, including Chance The Rapper who tweeted: “Wow. This year was so tough. rip von God bless him and his family I can’t believe it.”