Young father shot 4 times at Midtown virtual reality bar

A young father is fighting for his life after he was shot four times Saturday morning at a virtual reality gaming bar in Midtown.

Ezra Whitehead, 23, has undergone two surgeries and is in critical condition at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, his father told Channel 2 Action News Sunday night. He said he still does not know what caused the gun violence at the Revery VR Bar along Monroe Drive.

“He was there with his friends,” Rick Whitehead told the news station. “Everyone was having a good time, and then out of nowhere, all of a sudden, there was a bunch of shooting.”

Revery is a nightclub where customers can wear 3D glasses and play virtual reality games. According to Atlanta police, there was some type of physical altercation near the bar before gunfire broke out around 2 a.m.

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Rick Whitehead said his son was shot in the chest and the head. 

“The first call I got, I was told he was dead,” he said. “The first call I got, in the middle of the night.”

Rick Whitehead said it is a miracle that his son, who is the father to a 2-year-old girl, even survived. 

Friends with him at the bar that night described Ezra Whitehead as a “great guy,” Channel 2 reported. 

“(He is) universally liked, which is why it’s just crazy that something like that would happen to him, specifically,” Joe Conway told the news station.

Investigators are still trying to track down the shooter. Anyone with information is asked to contact Atlanta police. 

Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.

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