Atlanta rapper, advocate Killer Mike writes powerful message after his barbershop damaged in shootout

SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — A barbershop owned by a well-known Atlanta rapper is boarded up after someone fired shots in the area.

Channel 2 Action News shot video from Killer Mike’s Graffitis SWAG Shop early Monday morning and the shop had boarded up windows and broken glass.

The store is located along Roosevelt Highway in South Fulton County.

On Instagram, the Atlanta rapper said a group of men were shooting at each other when bullets hit his barber shop nearby. He said because of the damage, the store’s re-launch is delayed.

Mike, also known as Mike Render, had a message for the people involved with the shooting:

“Please consider what would have happened if one of y’all actually hit one another. The jail, the lawyer fees, the funeral cost and two black families loss. I’m glad y’all cud not hit the side of a barn with a shot gun cuz this am y’all all are alive,” Killer Mike wrote.

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South Fulton councilwoman Helen Willis told Channel 2′s Tom Jones that police have surveillance video and may release it to the public.

Willis represents the area and agrees with Killer Mike. She said the gun violence takes a toll on so many families.

A customer next door at the Burn Lounge, who asked not be identified, said he heard multiple gunshots fired outside the club Saturday night. At first, he didn’t know what he heard.

“It was blended in with the music so we didn’t know until everybody started running toward the back,” he said.

No one was hit. Cars in the parking lot were shot. It’s why the original Swag Shop, which was closed for renovations, is boarded up now.

Killer Mike is known for his activism in Atlanta.

Last year, he delivered a powerful speech during violent protests in Atlanta in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.

“We have to be better than this moment. We have to be better than burning down our own homes because if we lose Atlanta what else do we have?” Mike said.

Render also teamed up with county officials in 2020 to help urge people to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.

“I just don’t want to see people who look like me die unnecessarily because of cabin fever”, Killer Mike said.


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