The rapper was shot at the Monaco Hookah Lounge car park in Atlanta, Georgia at around 4:20 AM when a physical altercation led to a shoot-out between two groups. Two police officers who were on the scene noticed the exchange and swooped in to help out. They ended up opening fire too.
Atlanta police Deputy Chief Timothy Peek said, “Two police officers who were working at that particular club, or lounge, noticed the altercation and engaged some of the people involved. There was an exchange of gunfire with police as well.”
APD, however, told Netng that they believe that King Von was shot by someone from the two groups before the policemen arrived at the scene.
“It is our understanding Dayvon Bennett, aka King Von was shot and killed during this morning’s shooting and we are seeing rumours being spread indicating he was shot and killed by APD officers. At this time, our investigators believe Mr Bennett was shot during the initial shootout between the two groups of males, prior to police responding and attempting to stop the shooting. Additionally, Mr Bennett was not located at the scene, but arrived at a hospital shortly after the shooting, via private vehicle. The investigation into this incident remains open and very active.”
His record label released a statement saying, ‘We are devastated by the untimely passing of King Von. He was a loving father, a dedicated member of his community, and amazing talent that just started to scratch the surface of his boundless potential. Von overcame incredibly challenging circumstances as a young man but never lost sight of what it meant to give back and uplift his community – O’Block. We are fortunate to have witnessed his growth and evolution but know he had so much more to give to the world. The Empire family offers our condolences to his family, friends, team, and fans during this very difficult time.’
In October, King Von shared his new album ‘Welcome to O’Block’ featuring collaborations with Lil Durk, Polo G, Fivio Foreign, and more. The album rocketed to Number 2 on Apple Music’s all-genre album charts. It was also the fifth-biggest streaming debut on Spotify, and he had the video for his song, ‘Armed and Dangerous’ scheduled to drop today.
Various artistes have trudged to social media to mourn the untimely death of this young star. Grammy-award winning rapper, Chance The Rapper tweeted ‘Wow. This year was so tough. rip Von. God bless him and his family. I can’t believe it.’ Award-winning Nigerian artiste, Davido also shared his pain at the news via his social media platforms. He said, ‘RIP KING VON. We just spoke .. this can’t be real’.
Sharing a photo of himself and King Von, Grammy-nominated producer, DJ Chopsquad said, ‘My heart can’t take this. No bro. Why you? Why bro? Please just FaceTime me, bro. Why they had to take you. Ima see you again this shit ain’t over. It’s far from over. We still just getting started. RIP my Bestfriend. The only nigga to listen to me word for word from day 1. We sat on FaceTime for hours making songs together. Every bar had a meaning and every song was a part of our soul. Every moment meant something, and to grow with you made me feel like I was a real producer. I love you bro @kingvonfrmdao.’
The 26-year-old is the latest in a series of US rappers who have suffered untimely deaths. XXXTentacion was killed at age 20 in 2018 during a robbery, Nipsey Hussle, 33, was shot in Los Angeles in March 2019. Mac Miller, Lil Peep and Juice WRLD, recently died from drug overdoses. Pop Smoke was shot during an armed robbery attack in his home in February earlier this year.