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Rapper Killed While Driving In Atlanta As Highway Shootings Mount
Corey "Chucky Trill" Detiege is one of the five people to be shot while driving on highways in the Atlanta area this year.
In the latest in a string of area roadway shootings, a Houston rapper visiting for the NBA All-Star Game was fatally shot on Friday while driving on the interstate near Atlanta.
Corey Detiege, who goes by the stage name Chucky Trill, had just arrived in Atlanta on Thursday to celebrate the All-Star Game, WSB-TV reports. He was driving on I-85 around 3 a.m. the following day when he was gunned down, allegedly by a person in another vehicle, according to a release by the Gwinnett Police Department.
Police arrived to find Detiege stopped in his vehicle, having been shot at least once. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died, according to police.
Detiege was the son of the rapper “D” of the hip-hop group Trinity Garden Cartel, according to the Houston Chronicle. He released his first album, “Music for the Soul,” in 2018, and he was working on two new albums, “Cartel Baby” and “No Rumors.”
Fellow Houston rappers are mourning his death on social media.
“Damn. This was a good man. Humble. Hard-working. Loyal. Determined. Focused. And he had the talent,” Bun B posted on Instagram.
“I saw what @boneafied [Detiege’s manager] saw in you!! Pure talent and a humble soul as well!! #RIPChuckyTrill,” Lil’ Flip wrote on Instagram.
Detiege’s slaying comes during a spate of Atlanta interstate shootings. Five people have been shot on area highways so far in 2021, according to WSB-TV.
Another shooting victim, who was also driving from out of state, was gunned down just an hour before Detiege while driving on I-75. The motorist was on a road trip from Indiana to Florida when he and another driver apparently tried to merge into the same lane, investigators told FOX-5. The other vehicle’s driver allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the man through his truck’s back window.
The victim was taken to a hospital and listed in critical but stable condition that afternoon, according to the outlet.
Yet another Atlanta driver was shot the day after Detiege’s killing, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. In Saturday's shooting, the gunman allegedly drove up alongside the victim’s car before opening fire. The victim was also hospitalized and was in stable condition.
No suspects have been identified in any of the shootings.
Authorities are urging drivers to stay calm and controlled while on the road.
“Think about what you’re doing. Take the time to calm down and try to be safe for everyone,” Clayton County Police captain Christopher Windley told FOX-5.