Hot 107.9 DJ booked in DeKalb jail after shootout with cops

A Hot 107.9 DJ charged with aggravated assault following a shootout with officers early Monday outside the Velvet Room was booked in the DeKalb County Jail, authorities said Thursday.

Bond has not been set for 39-year-old Ronald "DJ Beestroh" Robinson, who can be heard on weekends and does some club mix shows for the station, according to Channel 2 Action News.

At the time of the shootout, he was DJing Rick Ross' album release party, which was hosted by Sean "Diddy" Combs, according to the Velvet Room's website.

About 4 a.m., two off-duty officers working at the nightclub heard gunshots in the back of the club, which is in the 3300 block of Chamblee Tucker Road, according to DeKalb Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander.

When the officers responded to the rear of the club, "one subject turned toward them, firing shots," Alexander said. "They returned fire, hitting the subject in the leg."

The officers were uninjured, according to Alexander.

He said the wounded man, who was identified to investigators as Robinson, got up and went back inside the club, where he was arrested before being taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

Robinson was charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, DeKalb police spokesman Capt. Steven Fore said.

"For whatever unknown reasons, it appears that this DJ, who was involved in the shooting with some others, turned and shot at the officers, and that's when they returned fire," Alexander said.

He said the off-duty officers were in full uniform, and identified themselves as officers when they responded to the gunfire behind the club.

"They were doing what they were trained to do," Alexander told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "They took all the necessary actions to protect themselves and each other."

The officers were placed on administrative duty, standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting.

Alexander said there was "no reason to believe" that any of the celebrities at the club for the album release party were involved in the shooting.

The incident was the second shooting in as many days at a party featuring Combs.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament in Charlotte ended with violence at a party at a hotel that featured the rapper.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said two people were shot in the leg early Sunday in a crowded hotel party for some of the thousands of CIAA fans in town.

CIAA Tournament Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter would not talk about the incident because it was not a CIAA-sanctioned event.

Police have not released the names of the victims or said whether they had any connection to Combs or other entertainers at the event. One person was taken to the hospital and the other was treated and released at the scene.

No arrests have been reported. The shooting happened in a gated-off VIP stage area. Some witnesses said three shots were fired.

The party started Saturday night, as the final game between Winston-Salem State University and Livingstone College was being played. The event also included rappers Fabolous and Future

The Velvet Room shooting was also the second officer-involved shooting in DeKalb County overnight.

A Stone Mountain police officer shot and wounded a suspect Sunday night on Ridge Forest Drive in Stone Mountain.

"The officer used force, discharged a firearm," said Special Agent Brian Whidby of the GBI, which was called in to investigate the shooting.

"The officer was not injured," Whidby told Channel 2s Action News. "The person shot received non-life threatening injuries."

Authorities have not said what led to that shooting.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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