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Chaka Zulu, the longtime manager of rapper Ludacris, was charged with murder this week following a June shooting that killed a 23-year-old man, according to police. In a statement, Zulu’s attorney said he acted in self-defense, discharging a weapon he is licensed to carry after being attacked.

The music executive, whose real name is Ahmed Obafemi, was critically injured in the June 26 shooting in a Buckhead mall parking lot in the 2200 block of Peachtree Road; His attorney, Gabe Banks, says he is “still recovering from the near-fatal injuries he sustained that night.”

Shooting

The shooting killed Artez Jamil Benton, 23, a DeKalb County native and recent college graduate.

“It is not lost on Mr. Zulu that someone lost their life, but had Mr. Zulu not defended himself legally, Mr. Zulu would have been killed that night,” Banks’ statement said.

On Tuesday, Zulu surrendered and was booked into the Fulton County jail on four charges, including murder, aggravated assault, simple battery and possession of a firearm while committing a felony, registration records showed. . He was released the same day on $200,000 bond, according to jail records.

It was the first arrest in the case since the night of the shooting.

Statement

The full statement from the banks aired Saturday night on Channel 2:

“Mr. Chaka Zulu, a beloved son of the city of Atlanta, is disappointed in the Atlanta Police Department’s decision to charge him for the shooting that occurred in June 2022. A detailed review of all evidence, including surveillance footage and eyewitness interviews, reveals that Mr. Zulu was attacked and jumped from behind by a gang of at least four people (sadly, including the deceased) and was forced to defend himself after this gang repeatedly stomping, punching and kicking him while he was on the ground in a defenseless posture Mr. Zulu was shot in the back during the shooting and nearly lost his life, and is still recovering from the near-fatal injuries he sustained that night. Mr. Zulu was at his workplace that he could and had every reason to defend himself In an attempt to save his life, Mr. Zulu legally discharged his weapon in self-defense, a weapon that he has a license to carry. Mr. Zulu fully cooperated with law enforcement officials and their investigation of him, and he voluntarily surrendered once he cleared the arrest warrants. Mr. Zulu is confident that his name will be cleared of all charges through the judicial process. It is not lost on Mr. Zulu that someone lost their life, but if Mr. Zulu had not defended himself legally, Mr. Zulu would have been killed that night.”
In the days after the shooting, celebrities were among those who took to social media to wish Zulu a speedy recovery.

“Prayers for brother Chaka Zulu,” posted The Roots frontman Questlove on Twitter.

Career

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed served as the family’s spokesman after the shooting, while Zulu remained hospitalized.

“We are fortunate to report that Chaka Zulu is in stable condition and recovering,” Reed said at the time. “The family thanks everyone for their well wishes and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time.”

Benton’s loved ones described him as a hard-working young man, full of ambition and devoted to his family.

“He did everything right,” his father, Artis Benton, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the shooting. “I never thought this would be the end for him.”

His son graduated with honors from Druid Hills High School and then attended Young Harris College, was recruited as a baseball player and also received a partial academic scholarship. After graduating last year with his business degree, Benton began an apprenticeship at Mayberry Electric, an Atlanta-based electrical contractor, working through a five-year program to become a licensed electrician. He and a group of friends had also recently launched a clothing line, Cash Life Global.

“We just want justice for Artez,” Artez’s older sister, Arteria Benton, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the shooting. “That’s the main thing we want. So if you see something, say something please.”

Zulu was scheduled to attend a charity event next week honoring Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute.

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