*The rapper Slim Dunkin, who appeared on a number of songs with Waka Flocka and recently released a mixtape, was gunned down Friday evening in an Atlanta music studio as he prepared to film a video, reports MTV.
Police Maj. Keith Meadows said the performer, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was fatally shot in the chest after getting into an argument with another individual.
“It appears the victim was scheduled to do a photo shoot,” 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 transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Meadows said the victim was in his early 20s and resided in the Atlanta area.
Meadows said police have not been able to identify the shooter. He said 13 to 20 people were in the small office-type building in southeast Atlanta at the time of the shooting, which took place around 5:30 p.m., but they were in different places.
“We’ve questioned a number of witnesses inside the recording studio at this time.” Meadows said.
Police have not recovered the handgun that was used. Investigators remained at the scene late Friday evening.
“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. “It seems everybody witnessed something very different. We’re just trying to go back and make sense of everything.”
Many fans were posting messages late Friday night on the rapper’s Facebook page. The Brick Squad Monopoly rapper had recently released a 20-track mixtape that featured Gucci Mane, Roscoe Dash and Pastor Troy.
The rapper grew up with ‘No Hands’ star Waka Flocka Flame, appearing on his studio debut, “Flockaveli” and Gucci Mane and Waka’s joint album “Ferrari Boyz.”
Waka recently posted a tribute video (see below) via Twitter adding, “IM LOST”, “damn i feel dead” and then venomously posting, “DONT TRUST S**T #F**KDAWORLD” as his nearly 700,000 followers attempted to comfort him.
Rapper 2 Chainz posted: “Rip SLIM DUNKIN!!!was in studio wit him like wed nite thursday morning!!dam life is short.”