'Growing Up Hip Hop' star Angela Simmons' ex-fiancé killed in Atlanta

ATLANTA — The search for the person who shot and killed a man known for his ties to reality television star Angela Simmons continues.

Sutton Tennyson, 37, was shot inside a garage shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday, Atlanta police said.

Tennyson had a child with Simmons, the daughter of Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, one of the founding members of legendary rap group Run–DMC.

She is the niece of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and currently appears on WE-TV’s “Growing Up Hip Hop.” Tennyson and Simmons were once engaged.

According to Atlanta police, Tennyson got into some sort of argument with a man inside his garage on Jewel Drive Saturday afternoon.

The victim was found dead inside the open garage, Atlanta police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty said in a statement.

Police told Channel 2's Audrey Washington the argument escalated, and the man shot Tennyson several times before he jumped into his car and took off.


"I saw the flashing lights down there and assumed something else was going on because there were no sirens," a neighbor told Channel 2 Action News.

The shooting is under investigation.

Simmons, whose career includes working as a fashion designer and appearances on other reality television shows, posted a tribute to Tennyson on Instagram on Sunday, including pictures of him with their child.

“Thank you for leaving behind my greatest gift,” she wrote. “I’m hurting. I’m numb.”

Washington emailed the Atlanta Police Department Monday and asked about the case. She wanted to know if they had a description of the gunman or the car he used to drive away from the home.

Police responded and said they have no new updates at this time.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this article.