Chaka Zulu: Rapper Ludacris’ manager charged with murder in June restaurant shooting


Music executive Chaka Zulu – rapper Ludacris’ longtime manager and co-founder of his record label – has been charged with murder this week in connection with a June shooting at an Atlanta restaurant that left one person dead, authorities said.

Zulu, whose legal name is Ahmed Obafemi, was one of three men shot, according to the police report. His legal counsel says Zulu nearly died that night and fired his weapon in self-defense.

Officers arrived at the scene around 11:35 p.m. on June 26 and found three men with gunshot wounds, according to the police report. All were taken to a hospital, where one person – identified as Artez Jamil Benton of Scottdale, Georgia – died from his injuries, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

Homicide investigators later identified Zulu as a suspect and obtained warrants charging him with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and simple battery, Atlanta police announced Friday night.

Zulu turned himself in on Tuesday, police said. Fulton County Jail records show he was released the same day after posting $200,000 bond.

The police incident report did not list a possible motive for the shooting.

Gabe Banks, Zulu’s legal attorney, told CNN in a statement that his client was “forced to defend himself” after being attacked by “a group of at least four (4) people” that night and decided he is “disappointed.” he charged him.

“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 evening. Mr. Zulu was at his workplace that night and had every right to defend himself,” the statement read in part.

“In an attempt to save his life, Mr. Zulu legally discharged his weapon in self-defense; A weapon with a permit to carry,” Banks said, and Zulu “remains confident that he will clear his name of all charges through the legal process.”

Zulu has managed Ludacris since the 1990s and the two co-founded Disturbing Tha Peace Records. CNN has reached out to the record company for comment.