Ludacris’ manager charged with murder for Atlanta shooting; lawyer claims self-defense with legal gun

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A music director and longtime manager of hip-hop star Ludacris has turned himself in to Atlanta authorities to be charged in a fatal shooting in June, records show.

Chaka Zulu, whose real name is Ahmed Obafemi, turned himself in to Fulton County jail on Sept. 13 after authorities received a warrant to charge him with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm while committing a crime. felony, and simple battery, the Atlanta Police Department announced on Saturday.

“If Mr. Zulu hadn’t defended himself legally, Mr. Zulu would have been murdered that night.”

— Gabe Banks, attorney for Chaka Zulu

Zulu was ordered to be held on $200,000 bail and was released later that day, prison records show.

Police have charged Zulu – along with several others – in connection with a June 26, 2022 shooting at a restaurant on Peachtree Road in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. According to the authorities, the police responded to a report of several people who had been shot in the restaurant around 11:35 pm.

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Chaka Zulu attends the Culture Creators Innovators and Leaders Awards at the Beverly Hilton on June 26, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California.
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The three injured men were taken to a local hospital, where one later died, police said.

Gabe Banks of Banks Weaver LLC, which represents Zulu, told TBEN News Digital that his client is “disappointed” with APD’s decision to sue him. Banks cited surveillance footage and other evidence showing his client was “attacked and jumped from behind by a gang” of at least four people. He added that his client was licensed to carry a pistol, which he fired in self-defense.

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Ludacris, left, and Chaka Zulu attend the celebration of the summer issue of Michigan Avenue Magazine at LondonHouse Chicago on July 13, 2017 in Chicago.

Ludacris, left, and Chaka Zulu attend the celebration of the summer issue of Michigan Avenue Magazine at LondonHouse Chicago on July 13, 2017 in Chicago.
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Zulu “was forced to defend himself after this gang repeatedly punched, punched and kicked him as he lay on the floor in a defenseless position,” Banks wrote in an emailed statement.

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“Mr Zulu was shot in the back during the shooting and nearly lost his life, and he is still recovering from the near-fatal injuries sustained that night,” Banks continued. “Mr. Zulu was at his company that night and had every right to defend himself… Mr. Zulu cooperated fully with law enforcement and their investigation, and voluntarily turned himself in when he heard of the arrest warrants.”

Banks added that his client is “confident” that he will be released from the charges.

“It hasn’t escaped Mr. Zulu’s attention that someone has lost his life,” Banks wrote, “but if Mr. Zulu hadn’t defended himself legally, Mr. Zulu would have been murdered that night.”

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Police did not provide details about the circumstances of the shooting.