Music entrepreneur Chaka Zulu, rapper Ludacris’ longtime manager, has been charged with murder in a June shooting in which he was injured, Atlanta police said Saturday.
Zulu, 52, whose first name is Ahmed Obafemi, surrendered to Fulton County Jail on Tuesday, the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement.
He was booked and bailed the same day after being charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon during certain crimes and simple assault, police said.
Zulu’s lawyer, Gabe Banks, said in a statement on Saturday that his client was assaulted by four people at his workplace that night and “had every right to defend himself”, so he “legally discharged his weapon in self-defence”.
“Mr. Zulu was attacked and jumped from behind by a gang of at least four (4) individuals (including unfortunately the deceased) and was forced to defend himself after this gang repeatedly stomped, kicked and punched him. times while he was on the ground in a helpless posture,” Banks said.
His lawyer said Zulu, who is still recovering from being shot in the back, was cleared to carry the gun and had cooperated fully with police.
Zulu is disappointed with the police department’s conclusion and is confident he will be cleared of the charges, Banks said.
The police department did not say why Zulu was charged with the fatal shooting.
NBC affiliate WXIA of Atlanta reported that authorities initially believed Zulu was a victim.
Police said Zulu and two other men were shot on June 26 at a location described by WXIA as being outside a shopping mall. One of the men died in hospital, police said. He was identified in police documents as Artez Benton.
Troublingly, Peace Records, the record label founded by Zulu and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges in the ’90s, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.