Rapper Slim Dunkin was fatally shot in the chest while preparing to make a music video in an Atlanta recording studio Friday evening.
The Atlanta entertainer, whose real name was Mario Hamilton, had been involved in a verbal dispute at the time of the murder. After exchanging heated words with the suspect, the rapper was gunned down with a single bullet to the chest at about 5:30 p.m.
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.”
After the deadly confrontation, Hamilton was rushed to Memorial Grady Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Since the incident, authorities have been investigating the scene of the crime attempting to find clues to the senseless violence.
“We’ve questioned a number of witnesses inside the recording studio at this time,” said Meadows.
Although there were anywhere from 13 to 20 other people in the building, police have been unable to identify the shooter, whether Hamilton had any connection to the suspect, or the motive behind the argument and subsequent killing.
“Right now we’re just trying to… identify who may have seen what, really just trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together,” Meadows said to AP, “It seems everybody witnessed something very different. We’re just trying to go back and make sense of everything.”
The up-and-comer Slim Dunkin was associated with famous Southern rapper Waka Flocka Flame and his clique, the 1017 Brick Squad. His 20-track mixtape, “Menace II Society,” would be the last project he ever completed.
Police say the rapper was in his early twenties.