Man shot 4 times at virtual reality bar in Midtown; Shooter on the loose

ATLANTA — A man was shot several times following an altercation at a  virtual reality bar in Midtown on Saturday morning, police said.

Officers were called to the Revery VR Bar along Monroe Drive just after 2 a.m. and discovered a 23-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds, Atlanta police Capt. William Ricker told Channel 2 Action News.

“He was involved in a dispute with several other males at the bar,” Ricker said.

The man was taken to Atlanta Medical Center.

He was later identified as Ezra Whitehead.

Channel 2's Christian Jennings spoke with Whitehead's father, who said it's a miracle he's alive.

"The first call I got, I was told he was dead. I got the call in the middle of the night. It's not very often you get someone back," Rick Whitehead said.


Revery is a virtual reality bar that offers drinks, snacks and private rooms for patrons.

Ezra was shot in his head, chest, stomach and hip. His brothers set up this GoFundMe campaign because he does not have medical insurance.

"He’s going to have to have multiple surgeries, but I think the most critical part is behind him," Rick Whitehead said.

One of Ezra’s lifelong friends, Joe Conway, is asking the community to pray.

"He’s just a great guy, universally liked, which is why it was crazy something like that would happen to him specifically," he said.

Police are still searching for the shooter.

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