Veteran music executive Chaka Zulu is hospitalized after being shot in Atlanta over the weekend.
Zulu, who co-founded Disturbing Tha Peace Records with rapper and actor Ludacris, was among three men shot outside a Buckhead shopping plaza on Sunday, June 26. The shooting happened at 2293 Peachtree Road, WXIA-TV reported. One of the victims died.
According to local media reports, the Fulton County Medical Examiner identified the deceased man as 23-year-old Artez Benton.
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The shooting, which was reported at 11:35 p.m., was the “result of a dispute in the parking lot,” Atlanta police told local reporters.
“Upon arrival, officers located three adult males with gunshot wounds. The victims were transported to the hospital where one of them was later pronounced deceased,” the police department said Monday in a statement on its website. “Homicide investigators responded to the scene to begin investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.”
Investigators are still searching for the suspect.
Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed issued a statement on Zulu’s condition.
“We are fortunate to report that Chaka Zulu is in stable condition and recovering,” Reed told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The family thanks everyone for their well wishes and prayers, and asks for their privacy at this time.”
Disturbing Tha Peace Records is a subsidiary of Def Jam. Zulu’s clients have included Ludacris, Chingy, Bobby Valentino, Young Jeezy, Swizz Beatz, Big K.R.I.T. and Childish Major.