Atlanta rapper Lil Marlo killed in shooting on I-285

Rapper Lil Marlo was reportedly shot to death in Atlanta.

Credit: Scott Roth/ Associated Press

Credit: Scott Roth/ Associated Press

Rapper Lil Marlo was reportedly shot to death in Atlanta.

Atlanta rapper Lil Marlo died Saturday in a shooting on I-285, according to reports.

Lil Marlo, whose real name is Rudolph Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene after police found him sitting in a car with a gunshot wound.

TMZ was the first to report the death, which was later confirmed in an Instagram post by the head of the rapper's music label.

“So much potential that the world didn’t get a chance to see,” Quality Control CEO Pierre “P” Thomas wrote. “Love you bro. It’s really hard for me to say RIP.”

Rapper Lil Yachty, who is also on the Quality Control roster, tagged Lil Marlo in an Instagram post.

“We just did a song a 4 this morning smh rip brother,” the rapper wrote.

Atlanta police said a 30-year-old man was found dead inside a vehicle on the interstate near the Benjamin E. Mays Drive overpass about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

“The preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle was traveling on I-285 in the Southbound lanes when the driver was shot,” Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee said in a statement. “The vehicle came to rest on the left side of the southbound lanes.”

The Fulton County Medical Examiner confirmed to that the victim of the fatal shooting is a man by the name of Rudolph Johnson. Neither police nor the medical examiner confirmed that the slain man is the rapper.

“At this time, investigators believe the victim was the intended target of the gunfire and they are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting,” Chafee said. “At this time the investigation continues.”

Officials have not released any details about the shooter.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call police. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a $2,000 reward, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.

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