Music Exec John Atterberry Dies After Shooting

Former Death Row Records exec killed in random shooting by crazed gunman.

Posted: 12/13/2011 04:14 PM EST

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Music-industry veteran John Atterberry died on Monday after being shot in the face and neck days earlier when a seemingly mentally ill gunman terrorized the streets of Hollywood. Atterbery was a renowned manager and promoter, and a former vice president at Death Row Records who had worked with the Spice Girls, Brandy and Jessica Simpson.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Atterberry was sitting in his car on Friday at Sunset and Vine, a major intersection in Hollywood, when he was shot three times by the gunman, identified as 26-year-old Tyler Brehm. Brehm began randomly shooting his gun at the intersection on Friday morning, releasing between nine and 12 shots before police shot and killed him. Atterberry, the only person seriously wounded in the incident, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead late Monday afternoon.

Brehm was shot by police after witnesses notified two officers who were assigned to a movie set nearby. When they showed up, Brehm was walking down the street with his gun in the air, shouting that he wanted to die. He then lowered his weapon and began shooting at cars that were driving by. When he ran out of bullets, Brehm allegedly pulled out a knife and shouted, "Kill me" and "I want to be killed."

Atterberry, 40, was employed by event promotions company Gridlock Group most recently. He broke into the business in the promotions department at urban fashion lines Cross Colours and Karl Kani. He then moved on to Death Row Records before striking out on his own and founding Mergela Records and Consulting and music publishing company Infusion Music Group.

 

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