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A suspect has been arrested for the murder of 26-year-old Chicago rapper, King Von.

On Saturday (Nov. 7), authorities in Atlanta revealed they have arrested 22-year-old Timothy Leeks and charged him with murder in Von’s death, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Mr. Leeks is in police custody at Grady Hospital where he is undergoing treatment for a gunshot wound,” Atlanta police spokeswoman Marla Jean Rooker told the paper. “The homicide of Bennett is closed with this arrest.”

King Von, whose real name was Dayvon Bennett, was among six people shot when a fight outside the Monaco Hookah Lounge erupted in gunfire, police said. 

Police initially said King Von was among three people killed in the shooting, but investigators clarified Saturday that two people were killed while a third remains in critical condition. The names of the additional victims have not been released, and it’s still unclear who shot them.

The GBI is investigating the incident as an officer-involved shooting after Atlanta police working in the area attempted to intervene in the shootout.

Two of the officers were in uniform working off-duty security jobs at the hookah lounge, and a third was on-duty nearby, according to police. None of the officers were injured.

Authorities said Von was fatally wounded in the club’s parking lot prior to the officers’ involvement.

Surveillance footage that we obtained, appears to show the shooting during a fight outside the nightclub. In the video, a large group is seen leaving the club as punches are thrown.


The group runs after Timothy Leeks steps out from behind an SUV and begins shooting, striking what appears to be at least two people. One of the victims, King Von, is then loaded into a car and driven away from the scene.

We will update this story when more information is available.


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