Ludacris’ manager, Chaka Zulu, and 2 others shot dead in Atlanta

A man was killed and two others injured, including the manager of rap star Ludacris, 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 of them died. The Fulton County medical examiner’s office later identified the man as Artez Benton, 23, of Scottdale.

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

Police Lieutenant Germain Dearlove told local news media that the shooting was the “result of a dispute in the parking lot.” He did not say whether the three victims had visited any of the businesses before the shooting around 11:35 p.m.

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 terms of Zulu and the other man were not released.

A man sits hunched over a laptop he holds in one hand.
Zulu browses material to upload to YouTube on September 2, 2008 in Atlanta. (John Amis/The Associated Press)

Earlier Sunday, another shooting at an Atlanta sandwich shop killed an employee and injured another after an argument over mayonnaise, police said.

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

“This was a very tragic situation that should not have happened,” Atlanta deputy police chief Charles Hampton Jr. told reporters Monday.

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

He said a 36-year-old man believed to be the gunman was arrested Sunday night after someone unidentified by police provided them with information. Hampton said police will not immediately release the name of the suspected shooter due to the ongoing investigation.