R&B singer-turned-reality TV personality Kandi Burruss is “truly saddened” after a shooting wounded three people and sent diners fleeing for their lives at her Atlanta restaurant over the weekend. Kandi, 43, is best known as one of the original members of the girl group Xscape.
A man entered the Old Lady Gang (OLG) soul food restaurant off Camp Creek Parkway in east Point on Friday and shot another man, according to East Point police. Two bystanders were wounded by gunfire. According to police, all three victims are expected to survive their injuries.
The restaurant is managed by Kandi’s mother, Joyce (pictured right), and owned by The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her husband Todd Tucker (center).
In an Instagram post titled “God’s Got You,” Kandi wrote:
“My family and I are truly saddened by the unfortunate events that occurred at Old Lady Gang (OLG) Camp Creek, on the evening of February 14th, an evening that was meant to celebrate love, unfortunately turned into something quite different.
“Our prayers and thoughts go out to the individuals that were harmed or in any way negatively impacted. We are aware that this matter is being actively investigated by law enforcement and we are cooperating with law enforcement to bring to justice those involved.”
Kandi explained why she opened her restaurants in high crime areas of Atlanta:
“As African-American business owners, it has been our goal to invest in our community by bringing jobs, quality dining, and a positive experience to the greater Atlanta area; we hope that you know and understand that the acts of violence that occurred yesterday evening do not, in any way, serve as a reflection of OLG or its values.
“We appreciate all of the love and prayers that have come our way and we encourage anyone with any information regarding any aspects of the events that occurred to please reach out to law enforcement as soon as possible.”
Kandi and husband Todd opened the original restaurant at the Castleberry Hill location in 2016, and the chain now has three locations around Georgia.