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Video Shows Fight Leading Up to Chaka Zulu Shooting

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A surveillance video that allegedly shows the fight that led to the murder of longtime Ludacris manager Chaka Zulu has surfaced online.

On Sunday (September 18), Shanae Hall, host of the What she said podcast, shared footage on Instagram believed to be from the parking lot of the Buckhead facility in Atlanta where Chaka Zulu and two other men were shot on June 26.

The video shows a parking lot full of cars, several people walking around. The man Hall refers to as Chaka Zulu and another man appear to be having a conversation when it turns into a fight. Four other men waiting at the side then charge and pounce on the man believed to be Chaka, knocking him to the ground and kicking him afterwards. One of the crew then punches a woman in the face. The actual shot is not shown in the clip.

Chaka Zulu’s attorney, Gabe Banks, confirmed that the video is actually surveillance footage from the night of the shooting, according to local Atlanta news station 11 Alive.

XXL contacted the Atlanta Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and Chaka Zulu’s attorney for comment.

Chaka Zulu turned himself in to Atlanta police on September 13, after being charged with murder in connection with the death of Artez Jamil Benton, 23, who was allegedly shot and killed by Chaka following the scuffle in the parking lot. Chaka, born Ahmed Obafemi, faces charges of murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm or knife while committing or attempting to commit a felony and simple assault. He was released the same day after posting $200,000 bail, according to prison records.

Chaka’s lawyer calls this a clear case of self-defense.

“Mr. Chaka Zulu, a beloved son of the City of Atlanta, is disappointed with the Atlanta Police Department’s decision to press charges against him relating to the June 2022 shooting,” Banks told the Constitution of the Atlanta newspaper in a report. “A careful 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 individuals (unfortunately including the deceased) and was forced to defend himself after the gang repeatedly stomped, punched and kicked him while he was on the ground in a helpless posture.”

The statement continues, “Mr. Zulu was at his workplace that [night] and had every reason to defend himself. In an attempt to save his life, Mr Zulu legally discharged his gun in self-defence, a gun he is licensed to carry. Mr. Zulu cooperated fully with law enforcement officials and their investigation, and voluntarily surrendered once he pulled out the arrest warrants. Mr. Zulu remains confident that his name will be cleared of all charges through the legal 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.”

Police initially reported the triple shooting was sparked by an argument in the parking lot. Another man who was injured in the shooting was taken to hospital and is believed to have recovered from his injuries.

See footage below showing the fight that led to the shooting of Chaka Zulu

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