A popular local DJ was wounded during a shootout with DeKalb police during a listening party for rapper Rick Ross at a local nightclub on Sunday.
HOT 107.9 DJ Beestroh was shot by police when he turned his gun on them in the parking lot outside the Velvet Room nightclub in the 3300 block of Chamblee Tucker Road, the Atlanta Journal-Constition reports. Beestroh was arrested before being transported to a local hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.
The listening party for Ross, an Atlanta resident, was hosted by rap mogul Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs.
— BEESTROH Hot 1079 (@BEESTROH) March 3, 2014
The shootout occurred hours after DJ Beestroh Instagram’d this photo of himself spinning at the Velvet Room last night.
About 4 a.m., two off-duty officers working at the nightclub heard gunshots in the back of the club, according to DeKalb Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander.
When the officers responded to the rear of the club, “one subject turned toward them, firing shots,” Alexander said. “They returned fire, hitting the subject in the leg.”
The officers were uninjured, according to Alexander.
He said the wounded man, who was identified to investigators as a disc jockey at the club, got up and went back inside the club, where he was arrested before being transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.
“For whatever unknown reasons, it appears that this DJ who was involved in the shooting with some others turned and shot at the officers, and that’s when they returned fire,” Alexander said.
He said the off-duty officers were in full uniform, and identified themselves as officers when they responded to the gunfire behind the club.
The shooting is the second violent incident in as many months involving a popular Atlanta DJ.
DJ Nando was fatally shot as he arrived at his Clayton County home on Jan. 13. Friends believe Nando’s assailant may have followed him home from an adult entertainment club where he worked.
Insiders whisper that weary local DJs are carrying guns to protect themselves from D-boys-turned-rappers who reportedly pay DJs under the table to spin their records at nightclubs and on the radio. The D-boys usually retaliate with violence if DJs refuse to play their records.