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Security guard shot dead outside metro Atlanta lounge, police say

The department said it happened following an argument at the Cosmopolitan Premier Lounge off Glenwood Road in Decatur.

DECATUR, Ga. — A security guard outside a lounge was killed and another was hurt in an early morning shooting Tuesday, according to the DeKalb County Police Department. 

Police said they were dispatched around 2:20 a.m. to Cosmopolitan Premier Lounge off Glenwood Road, where two people were shot.

The lounge is a popular performance venue for music artists. Investigators said it started from a dispute inside the club and as tensions flared guests were told to exit the building. Police said that’s when a gunman opened fire in the parking lot, striking two security guards. Officers said one died and the other was taken to the hospital. 

The DeKalb County Medical Examiner identified the deceased as 30-year-old Erik McKenzie from Lithonia.

Officers said the other security guard was hospitalized, but they haven't identified him or released any details about his injuries. 

No one is in custody and the department said officers are still investigating.

11Alive reached out to McKenzie's family who asked for privacy as they work to process their loved one's untimely death. 

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