Police: Gunmen ambushed 3 people outside Atlanta recording studio

ATLANTA — Police are reviewing surveillance video from a shooting outside a music studio in northwest Atlanta.

The owner of the music studio said the shooting does not reflect what truly goes on at the studio.

Atlanta police told Channel 2 Action News the ambush happened around 2:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Patchwerk Studios, in the 1000 block of Hemphill Avenue.

Officers say the suspects were lying in wait toward the back of the studio.The victims told police they were hanging out in the parking lot of the studio when they were ambushed by three armed men.

Police arrived and found two men shot multiple times in the legs and upper thighs. Another man claimed to have been stabbed in the hand. They were all taken to Grady Memorial Hospital but are expected to be OK.

The shooters were wearing T- shirts and ball caps, according to police.  


Police said it appears the three victims had just finished recording music when the men approached them and started shooting.

"I was puzzled to how it could even happen because all of our sessions are private," said studio owner Curtis Daniel III.

Police believe the shooting was set up. Video showed the suspects climbing the gate and waiting outside, minutes before the victims left their recording session.

"All three suspects were armed and all  three fired at the group," said Cpt. Andrew Senzer of Atlanta Police Department.

Police said they believe robbery might have been the motive, but that is still under investigation.

Police said the studio has been there for years and that they have never had a problem before.

Channel 2 Action News reported rapper Bankroll Fresh was killed in a shootout outside Street Execs Studio, just two miles away, in 2016.

Also in 2016, another local rapper, Jerome Blake, was killed at the Metropolitan Recording Studio in southwest Atlanta.