Ludacris manager and 2 others shot dead, 1 fatally, in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — A man was killed and two others were injured, including rap star Ludacris’ manager, in a shooting in a parking lot in an upscale neighborhood north of downtown Atlanta on Sunday night.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the men were all taken to hospitals, where one was pronounced dead. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office later identified the man as 23-year-old Artez Benton of Scottdale.

On Monday afternoon, Atlanta police confirmed that one of the two injured men was Chaka Zulu, the longtime manager of rapper and actor Ludacris. The conditions of Zulu and the other man were not disclosed.

Atlanta police investigated the shooting in the 2200 block of Peachtree Road in Buckhead until the early hours of Monday morning. Several restaurants and shops share the parking lot.

Police Lt. Germain Dearlove told local media the shooting was the “result of an argument in the parking lot.” He did not say whether the three victims had gone to any of the businesses before the shooting at around 11:35 p.m.

Earlier Sunday, another shooting at an Atlanta sandwich shop left one dead and another injured after an argument over mayonnaise, police said.

The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. Sunday at a Subway restaurant attached to a gas station in downtown Atlanta. Police said the man argued with the two workers before shooting them.

“It was a very tragic situation that should not have happened,” Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Charles Hampton Jr. told reporters on Monday.

The deceased woman was 26 years old. The other woman, 24, remained in critical condition on Monday, Hampton said.

He said a 36-year-old man believed to be the shooter was arrested on Sunday evening after a person whom police have not identified provided them with information. Hampton said police were not immediately releasing the name of the suspected shooter due to the ongoing investigation.



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