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A shootout at a Rick Ross and Sean “Diddy” Combs album release party involving DeKalb County police has left a disc jockey wounded and behind bars.

The DJ was shot early Monday during the encounter with police outside the popular Atlanta nightclub, the Velvet Room.

According to AJC:

About 4 a.m., two off-duty officers working at the nightclub heard gunshots in the back of the club, according to DeKalb Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander.

When the officers responded to the rear of the club, “one subject turned toward them, firing shots,” Alexander said. “They returned fire, hitting the subject in the leg.”

The officers were uninjured, according to Alexander.

He said the wounded man, who was identified to investigators as a disc jockey at the club, got up and went back inside the club, where he was arrested before being transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.

“For whatever unknown reasons, it appears that this DJ who was involved in the shooting with some others turned and shot at the officers, and that’s when they returned fire,” Alexander said.

Alexander said the off-duty officers were in full uniform and identified themselves as officers when they responded to the gunfire. They have since been placed on administrative leave — a standard procedure when officers are involved in shootings.

“They were doing what they were trained to do,” Alexander told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They took all the necessary actions to protect themselves and each other.”

Police say there is no reason to believe that any of the celebrities attending Ross’ Mastermind album release party were involved in the shooting.

Authorities are continuing their investigation. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.


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