According to WSBTVLong-time Ludacris music executive and manager and co-founder of record label Disturbing Tha Peace, Chaka Zulu, was recently arrested on a murder charge. Chaka, whose real name is Ahmed Obafemi, is also charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and simple battery. Jail records show he turned himself in to authorities on September 13 and posted bail the same day.
As we previously reported, Chaka was one of three people shot on June 26 after a reported fight outside his Buckhead restaurant. After the shooting, Chaka was transported to the hospital. Officers with the Atlanta Police Department said the shooting stemmed from an argument in a parking lot behind a shopping center. The shooting resulted in the death of 23-year-old Artez Benton.
Chaka’s attorney released a statement about the charges that said: “Mr. Chaka Zulu, a beloved son of the city of Atlanta, is disappointed in the Atlanta Police Department’s decision to charge him for the June 2022 shooting. A detailed review of all evidence, including footage surveillance and eyewitness interviews. , reveals that Mr. Zulu was attacked and jumped from behind by a gang of at least four (4) people (sadly, including the deceased) and was forced to defend himself after being repeatedly stomped, punched and kicked by this gang while I was on the ground in a defenseless posture.”
He continued: “Mr. Zulu was shot in the back during the shootout and nearly lost his life, and is still recovering from the near-fatal injuries he sustained that night. Mr. Zulu was at his workplace that night and had every right to defend himself. In an attempt to save his life, Mr. Zulu legally discharged his gun in self-defense, a gun he is licensed to carry. Mr. Zulu fully cooperated with law enforcement officials and their investigation of him and voluntarily turned himself in once he learned of the arrest warrants. Mr. Zulu is confident that his name will be cleared of all charges through the judicial process. It is not lost on Mr. Zulu that someone lost their life, but if Mr. Zulu had not defended himself legally, Mr. Zulu would have been killed that night.”
We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.