Shots were fired, though no one was hit, during an altercation between groups affiliated with local rappers Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy that closed Walter's Clothing in downtown Atlanta for about 30 minutes.
The fight started around 4 p.m. Thursday when Mane's group walked into the store -- popular with celebrities -- and spotted Jeezy's associates, said witness Patrick Morrison.
"There was a physical altercation inside the location between several men," Atlanta police spokesman James Polite confirmed to the AJC. One of the men produced a weapon "and as a result a private armed security guard of a local entertainer discharged his weapon."
Polite said the security guard, employed by local rapper Waka Flocka Flame, has been detained.
The fighting was intense, witnesses said. "They just started going at it," said Morrison, a Walter's employee.
Waka Flocka Flame, aka Juaqin Malphurs, is a member of Gucci Mane's 1017 Brick Squad. His pseudonym alludes to the sound of cocking a semi-automatic pistol.
"Whoever he is he's got a big swollen eye now," Morrison said.
In January, Malphurs was shot in the arm while washing his car on Old National Highway. Police said he was approached at the Bubble Bath car wash by armed men demanding his jewelry.
Meanwhile, Gucci Mane, aka Radric Davis, is serving time at the Fulton County jail for a probation violation. He is set to be released in May.
His dispute with Young Jeezy, aka Jay Jenkins, dates back to 2005, according to Allhiphop.com. Their feud supposedly ended last December during an appearance on DJ Drama's Gangsta Grillz show on Hot 107.9
DJ Drama, aka Tyree Cinque Simmons, who recorded several mixtapes with Young Jeezy, became involved in the feud when he decided to record with Gucci Mane in 2008, the site reports.
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Staff writer Kristi E. Swartz contributed to this report
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