King Von‘s record label, Empire, has released a statement following the recent news of the burgeoning 26-year-old rapper being shot and killed today (Nov. 6).

Shortly after news surfaced that the Chicago rhymer was involved in and injured during a shooting in Atlanta just after 3 a.m., his label has offered an official statement confirming his untimely passing.

“We are devastated by the untimely passing of King Von,” the statement begins. “He was a loving father, dedicated member of his community and an amazing talent that just started to scratch the surface of his boundless potential. Von overcame incredibly challenging circumstances as a young man, but never lost sight of what it meant to give back and uplift his community—O’Block.”

The statement continues: “We are fortunate to have witnessed his growth and evolution, but know he had so much more to give the world. The Empire family offers our condolences to his family, friends, team and fans during this very difficult time.”

King Von was shot and killed during a shooting in the ATL early this morning outside of a hookah lounge. According to the Atlanta Police Department, an altercation took place between two groups of people, resulting in gunfire. Two off-duty police officers were involved as well.

Three men, including Von, have been pronounced dead, two are in stable condition and one was hospitalized after being hit by a car.

This afternoon, the APD released a statement to XXL, addressing rumors that the officers on the scene are responsible for Von’s death.

“It is our understanding Dayvon Bennett, aka King Von was shot and killed during this morning’s shooting and we are seeing rumors being spread indicating he was shot and killed by APD officers,” the APD said. “At this time, our investigators believe Mr. Bennett was shot during the initial shootout between the two groups of males, prior to police responding and attempting to stop the shooting. Additionally, Mr. Bennett was not located at the scene, but arrived at a hospital shortly after the shooting, via private vehicle. The investigation into this incident remains open and very active.”

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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