Pizzeria owner receives community's support after Yung Mazi shooting

Since the incident, the owner of the shop said there has been nothing but support from the community.

ATLANTA -- The community is now sharing a message of support with a local restaurant owner after a member of the hip hop community was gunned down right in front of her business.

Police said Yung Mazi was shot and killed on Sunday night outside Urban Pie in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta.

The owner told 11Alive News that since the incident there has been nothing but support from the community.

"I couldn't believe it happened here," Lisa Curtis from Urban Pie said.

Lisa is the owner of the restaurant and said it was a typical Sunday night when the rapper stepped into her restaurant. Heading out the front door with pizza in-hand, Lisa said Yung Mazi didn't get very far.

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"The gentleman had just bought pizza and walked out the front door when he was gunned down," she said.

Police said gunfire filled the air in the community of Kirkwood Sunday night - near the intersection of Oakview Road and Hosea L. Williams Drive. The victim apparently never had a chance - with officers saying he ultimately bled to death. Where he died a makeshift memorial now stands for the young artist.

"It was nine or 10 shots," Lisa said. "Definitely, he was a target."

This is not the first time Mazi has been targeted, however. In December of 2016, he was shot three times in a Waffle House - but survived.

Now, after the most recent shooting outside the local establishment, many in the community are actually stepping in and rallying around the owner - and her restaurant.

"Really close-knit neighborhood and we really care about small businesses in the area," customer Corey McGee said.

"Not too worried about it," another customer, Megan Key, said. "I live here; I feel pretty safe here."

It's more than Lisa expected.

"Instead of scaring people off - which I was afraid of retaliation or anything cold scare people off - but instead it's been nothing but love," she said.

So far, there have been no arrests made.

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