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TMZ obtained surveillance video showing the moment Ludacris' manager Chaka Zulu was jumped by 5 thugs outside his Buckhead, Atlanta restaurant on June 26.

Zulu, 52, fatally shot 23-year-old Artez Benton and wounded another man before he was shot in the back.

Zulu turned himself in to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 13. He was charged with murder, simple battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He is free on $300,000 bond.

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Zulu's longtime friend, La La Anthony, was at the scene when the gang jumped Zulu after a verbal dispute.

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La La, 41, and Zulu are longtime friends. They met when she worked as a teenage DJ at Atlanta's Hot 97.5 radio station, alongside future rapper/actor Ludacris in the 1990s.

She attended a private party at Zulu's Apt 4B restaurant when an argument erupted after Zulu ordered Benton and his friends to leave because they weren't invited.

La La followed Zulu out into the parking lot and observed the 5 thugs attacking her friend.

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The actress, who wore a sheer dress similar to this one, turned to run, but she tripped and fell on the ground. A man and woman helped her to her feet.

In a cell phone video that has since been scrubbed from the Internet, La La is seen comforting Zulu after he was shot in the back.

La La, who attended the Fendi Spring Summer 2023 Show in Milan, Italy, on Sept. 21, has not released a statement in support of her friend.

Zulu's attorney, Gabe Banks, called into the "Ryan Cameron Uncensored" show on Majic ATL on Thursday. Banks said he plans to ask Fulton County DA Fani Willis not to seek an indictment against Zulu.

Banks said the well-respected businessman was protecting his employees when he fatally shot Benton.

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TMZ has obtained surveillance footage that shows Ludacris' manager, Chaka Zulu, being jumped by five suspected gang members outside his Buckhead, Atlanta restaurant on June 26.

The footage shows Zulu pulled his gun first and fired at his attackers, including Artez Benton, 23, who died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

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Zulu, 52, turned himself in to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 13. He was charged with murder, simple battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The footage shows the five suspected gang members arriving in the valet area and make their way inside the restaurant.

That's where the video starts. Zulu gets into a heated argument with Tre'mon Robinson, one of the suspected gang members who was told to leave the restaurant because they didn't have reservations.

During the argument, a man named Corey Crawford (wearing red sneakers) is seen retrieving something out of a vehicle. A source directly connected to the case tells TMZ Zulu's legal team believes Crawford got a gun from the vehicle.

Zulu and Robinson tussled after Robinson chest bumped him. Crawford and Benton rushed over, and Crawford sucker punched Zulu from behind.

Benton is seen punching and stomping Zulu who is on the ground.

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Zulu's female assistant (wearing orange shirt) began punching Benton, but Robinson punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground.

That's when Zulu pulled his gun and fired, hitting Benton once in the chest. Zulu fired a second round which grazed another man in the leg.

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At the same time, Crawford ducked between 2 cars at the left of the frame. He opened fire three times hitting Zulu once in the back.

Zulu stumbled out of the frame and collapsed on the ground.

Crawford and Robinson were not charged with any crimes.

On Monday, Zulu's attorney, Gabe Banks, spoke with Shelley Wynter of WSB Radio's Word On the Street.

Banks told Wynter that Benton and the other gang members "actually attacked Zulu from behind and continued to beat him down, punch and stomp him while he was in a defenseless posture on the ground. That is undisputed."

Banks confirmed that the Atlanta Police Department obtained arrest warrants and charged Zulu. And that Fulton County DA Fani Willis did not charge Zulu with any crimes.

Another insider told Sandrarose.com that Zulu will not take a plea deal from Willis. His case will go to trial.

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Surveillance video that surfaced online shows the events leading up to the shooting incident involving Ludacris' manager Chaka Zulu.

Chaka, 52, and two other men were shot during a scuffle outside Chaka's restaurant and lounge in Buckhead on June 26.

Artez Benton, 23, was killed when Chaka allegedly discharged his weapon in self-defense.

IG blogger Shanae Hall posted the surveillance video on her Instagram page.

The Fulton County prosecutor's office charged Chaka with murder and other crimes on Sept. 13. No one else was charged.

Hall says Chaka was attacked by five men who waited for him outside his Apt 4B restaurant. Sources say the men were refused entry to the restaurant, where reservations are required to get in.

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The video shows Chaka's hands around a man's neck (first circle). Hall says Chaka was restraining the guy to prevent him from pulling his gun.

As Chaka restrained the guy, another man approached Chaka from behind and sucker punched him. Then all 5 men began stomping him. The video doesn't show the shooting.

The video aligns with what Chaka's attorney, Gabe Banks, told Channel 2 Action News in a statement.

Hall writes in the video caption:

"I pray that @atlantapolice and @fultoncountyda can see that they made a mistake! Men lie woman lie, the footage doesn't lie! Chaka Zulu was trying to prevent the situation from escalating, and the four men decided viciously attack him.

Artez Benton, the young college graduate that was shot by Chaka can be seen straddled over Chaka punching him in the face, while the other men stomped him in the head and kicked him.

HOW CAN HE BE CHARGED WITH MURDER WHEN HE WAS BEING ATTACKED & shot in the back by the big guy in the video? HOW??"

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Arrest warrants provide more details into the shooting incident involving Ludacris' longtime manager, Chaka Zulu, that left another man dead in June.

According to warrants obtained by Channel 2 Action News, Chaka Zulu, real name Ahmed Obafemi, was charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of firearm during commission of a felony and simple battery.

Zulu, 52, voluntarily turned himself in on Sept. 13 after learning of the arrest warrants.

In separate interviews with police, Zulu claimed he fired his gun in self-defense when he was attacked in the parking lot of his restaurant and lounge in Buckhead on June 26.

Prosecutors say Zulu "knowingly and intentionally did commit the offense of murder, shooting Mr. Artez Benton in the chest with a firearm".

Benton was pronounced dead at the scene. His family retained high-power attorney Steve Sadow to represent them.

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Celebrities including Keri Hilson (pictured with Chaka); Bow Wow, Lil Jon, Busta Rhymes, Tyrese Gibson, Kandi Burruss, and former Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed were among hundreds showing support for Zulu on social media.

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Strangely silent is La La Anthony (pictured with Chaka) who reportedly was at Chaka's restaurant the night of the shooting. According to rumors, the fight was over La La, who is a longtime friend of Chaka Zulu's.

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Chaka Zulu and his son are pictured with the late rapper Tupac Shakur's mother Afeni Shakur at the grand opening of The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia in 2005.

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Ludacris' longtime manager Chaka Zulu (R) has been arrested on murder charges stemming from a shooting at an Atlanta nightclub on June 26.

WSB-TV reporter Michael Seiden broke the news in a tweet on Saturday.
 
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Zulu and two other men were shot during a dispute at Apt4b, a Caribbean restaurant and bar Zulu owns in Buckhead.

Police say Zulu exchanged gunfire with another man. During the shootout, a stray bullet from Zulu's gun struck Artez Benton, 23, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Benton's grieving family retained high-powered attorney Steve Sadow.

Zulu, whose real name is Ahmed Obafemi, was hospitalized in critical condition. He was eventually discharged from the hospital and turned himself in to police on September 13.

He was booked into the Fulton County Jail and bonded out the same day.

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Zulu is also charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and simple battery, according to jail records.

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Mr. Chaka Zulu, a beloved son of the City of Atlanta, is disappointed in the Atlanta Police Department’s decision to bring charges against him surrounding the shooting that occurred in June 2022.

Update: Attorney Gabe Banks, legal counsel for Chaka Zulu, released a statement to Channel 2 Action News:

"A close review of all of the evidence, including the surveillance footage and eyewitness interviews, reveals that Mr. Zulu was attacked and jumped from behind by a gang of at least four (4) individuals (sadly including the decedent) and was forced to defend himself after this gang repeatedly stomped, punched, and kicked him while he was on the ground in a defenseless posture. Mr. Zulu was shot in the back during the shooting and nearly lost his life, and is still recovering from the nearly fatal injuries he sustained that evening.

Mr. Zulu was at his place of business that night and had every right to defend himself. In an attempt to save his life, Mr. Zulu lawfully discharged his weapon in self-defense, a weapon that he is licensed to carry. Mr. Zulu fully cooperated with law enforcement officials and their investigation, and voluntarily turned himself in once he learned of the arrest warrants. Mr. Zulu remains confident that his named will be cleared of all charges through the judicial process. It is not lost on Mr. Zulu that someone lost his life, but had Mr. Zulu not lawfully defended himself, Mr. Zulu would have been killed that night."

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Rumors swirled on Monday evening after ET Online incorrectly reported that music veteran Chaka Zulu had died from gunshot wounds.

ET tweeted: "Ludacris is mourning the death of his longtime manager."

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Chaka was one of three people shot on Sunday night in the parking lot outside Apt 4B, a Caribbean restaurant and bar owned by Zulu in Atlanta's affluent Buckhead neighborhood.
 
RELATED: Ludacris' Manager Chaka Zulu Critically Wounded in Buckhead Shooting That Left 1 Man Dead
 
According to sources, Zulu was breaking up a fight between a man and his girlfriend when the man pulled a gun and opened fire.

Atlanta police reported that one man died at the scene, while Zulu and another man were transported to a hospital.

Zulu, who was shot twice in the chest, underwent two surgeries and is recovering in critical but stable condition in an intensive care unit.

Cell phone video uploaded Monday by @ATLuncensored showed Zulu motionless on the ground after the shooting. A woman tends to him. The video has since been deleted.

In a statement to WSB-TV's Michael Seiden, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said, "We are fortunate to report that Chaka Zulu is in stable condition and recovering. The family thanks everyone for their well wishes and prayers, and asks for their privacy at this time."

Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage to identify the suspect. No suspects are in custody.

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Tributes pour in on Twitter for Chaka Zulu, beloved music veteran and longtime manager of rapper Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges.

Zulu and two others were shot at 11:35 p.m. Sunday during a dispute in the parking lot behind Apt4b, a Caribbean restaurant and bar on the 2200 block of Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

All three men were transported to area hospitals where one victim was pronounced dead. Zulu was shot twice in the chest and underwent 2 surgeries early Monday. He is on a ventilator in an ICU.

In a statement to Channel 2 Action News reporter Michael Seiden, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said, "We are fortunate to report that Chaka Zulu is in stable condition and recovering. The family thanks everyone for their well wishes and prayers, and asks for their privacy at this time."

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In 1998 Chaka (left) co-founded the record label Disturbing tha Peace with Ludacris and Jeff Dixon.

Their artists have included R&B singer Bobby V, and rappers Shawnna and Chingy.

The independent label was created to serve as a platform for rappers from the "Dirty South" including Ludacris, a then-radio DJ who couldn't score a major label record deal at the time.

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One man is dead and 2 people were rushed to area hospitals following a shooting in a Buckhead parking lot early Monday, June 27.

Chaka Zulu, manager of rap mogul Ludacris, was one of three people shot during a dispute outside Apt4b Atlanta, a Caribbean restaurant and bar that is popular with the industry's elite in Atlanta.

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Police say one man was killed during the shooting, however Chaka (right) is listed as "critical but stable" at a nearby hospital, according to a credible source.

Police Lt. Germain Dearlove told Channel 2 Action News the shooting was the "result of a dispute in the parking lot" behind the club in the 2200 block of Peachtree Road.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage from businesses that share the parking lot with Apt4b to identify a shooter, Dearlove told the news station from the scene Monday.

Chaka is the longtime manager and business partner of multi-platinum selling rapper, Ludacris (right).

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In 1998 Chaka (left) co-founded the record label Disturbing tha Peace with Ludacris, real name Christopher Bridges, and their business partner Jeff Dixon.

Their artists have included R&B singer Bobby V (center), Shawnna and Chingy (not pictured).

The independent label was created to serve as a platform for rappers from the "Dirty South" including Ludacris, a then-radio DJ who couldn't score a major label record deal at the time.

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Chris "Ludacris" Bridges is featured in this clip of MTV's "When I Was 17." Ludacris got his start in the music biz as an intern and then a DJ at Hot 97.5, which later changed it's call letters to HOT 107.9.

After radio programmer Chaka Zulu was fired from the station for allegedly taking payoffs in a Payola-type scandal, Chaka was offered a job at Def Jam and he took the young upstart rapper with him to the label. The rest is history.