R & B singer arrested after shooting friend in head at Atlanta hotel, police say

ATLANTA — Billboard-charting R & B singer Ann Marie was arrested last week in Atlanta after police say she shot her friend in the head at the Buckhead Intercontinental Hotel.

Police said the incident happened on Dec. 1. Multiple officers responded to reports of a shooting at the hotel. Police found the victim, Jonathan Wright, lying on the floor in the room with a gunshot wound to the head. Wright was able to communicate with officers and answer questions.

Police said Joann Marie Slater, 25, who is known professionally as Ann Marie, was outside the room in the hallway in hysterics.

“The witness appeared to be upset but there were no visible tears coming from her eyes,” police said in an incident report. “The witness was also in a white bathrobe with no other clothing underneath.”

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Slater told police that a gun fell off a table and went off, striking Wright. Police found two shell casings in the bathroom door and one at the foot of the bed. A projectile was also found by the bathroom door on the carpet and one in the bathroom tub. There was a bullet hole in the door jam and one in a bathroom cabinet door.

Slater told police that Wright was her “best friend” from childhood and that they were visiting from Chicago.

Wright was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. His condition has not been released.

Slater has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Jail records indicate that Slater was also charged with simple battery in Atlanta in November but was granted bond.

Slater is currently at the Fulton County jail.

The singer is from Chicago. She is signed to Interscope Records and is best known for her single “Secret,” which peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot R & B songs chart.

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