Brick Squad rapper Slim Dunkin killed in Atlanta
Rapper Slim Dunkin, a member of Waka Flocka Flame's Brick Squad crew, was shot to death Friday night in a recording studio in Atlanta, police say.
According to police, the recording artist, whose legal name was Mario Hamilton, was involved in an altercation with another man on the set of a video shoot.
"It appears the victim was scheduled to do a photo shoot," Atlanta Police Maj. Keith Meadows told the Associated Press. "Before the video shoot took place, it appears the victim and suspect got involved in a verbal altercation. We don't know what that altercation was about.
"The suspect produced a weapon, discharged that handgun one time, striking the victim in the chest," Meadows said.
Hamilton was rushed to Atlanta's Memorial Grady Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said he was in his early 20s.
Flocka, the popular Asylum-signed rapper, took to Twitter to mourn his slain protege.
"Wish it was me. My....right hand is gone. Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. Damn, I feel dead. All this stress. I feel lost," the Atlanta rapper tweeted.
Dunkin made his name in the last two years after a series of appearances on Gucci Mane and Flocka mixtapes and albums. His best known cameos include on the underground hit "Karma" on last year's "Flockaveli." Other popular turns included "2 Deep" and "Bickin Back Bein Bool."
Police said they do not know the identity of the shooter, adding that 13 to 20 people were in the studio at the time of the shooting, but spread out in different parts of the building.
"Right now, we're just trying to ... identify who may have seen what, really just trying to put the pieces together," Meadows told AP. "It seems everybody witnessed something very different. We're just trying to go back and make sense of everything."
-- Jeff Weiss
Photo: Slim Dunkin. Credit: Slim Dunkin's Facebook page