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Chaka Zulu accused of shooting outside Atlanta facility

ByStephanie M. Akbar

Sep 18, 2022

Disturbing Tha Peace label co-founder Chaka Zulu is facing multiple charges in connection with a shooting that left him hospitalized this summer.

The rapper’s longtime manager Ludacris was injured on June 26 outside his restaurant, Apt 4B, in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. As previously reported by REVOLT, he was leaving an event with two associates when he was approached by a man in the parking lot.

TMZ reports he and the individual got into a heated altercation when others nearby joined in and jumped on the music manager. It is believed that at least one of the men who attacked Zulu fired a gun, prompting Zulu to fire his gun in self-defense. Three people were shot during the altercation, including the label’s executive and 23-year-old Artez Benton, who died of his injuries. In the days following the incident, the Atlanta public figure was reportedly in critical condition and underwent surgery.

Zulu, real name Ahmed Obafemi, is charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and simple assault, according to WSB-TV. The news station obtained prison records that show Zulu surrendered to authorities on September 13. He retired the same day.

The music industry veteran’s attorney, Gabe Banks, said “the beloved son of the city of Atlanta” was disappointed that police charged him as he defended himself. “Mr. Zulu has cooperated fully with law enforcement officials and their investigation and voluntarily surrendered once he learned of the arrest warrants. Mr. Zulu remains confident that his name will be cleared of all charges through the court process. It is not lost on Mr. Zulu that someone lost his life, but if Mr. Zulu had not defended himself legally, Mr. Zulu would have been killed that night,” Banks said in a statement Saturday, Sept. 17).

Read the full statement in the tweet below.

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