Black Gay Pride partiers robbed at gunpoint

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Several men attending a Black Gay Pride event were robbed at gunpoint early Saturday as they arrived or were leaving a massive party at Club Rain in southwest Atlanta.

At least two armed robberies, including one in which a shot was fired, took place on Garibaldi Street, three blocks east of the club, as six party-goers were near their cars. Some of the victims were robbed as they arrived to attend the party; another group was robbed as they returned to their parked car, according to incident reports from the Atlanta Police Department.

The first robbery took place about 12:45 a.m. on Saturday as two men stepped out of their car and prepared to walk to Club Rain for the Pride event. The victims, a 26-year-old Roswell man and 25-year-old man from Michigan, told police that three men approached them as they parked their car.

“One of the unknown black males pulled out a black pistol and said give me all of you stuff.”

The incident quickly took a violent turn.

“[The victims] didn't move at this time, so the suspect pointed the gun into the air and fired one shot, then stated, 'Give me all of your shit this is not a fucking joke.'”

One of the assailants then grabbed wallets, keys and $246 in cash from both men before fleeing on foot.

About 45 minutes later, around 1:30 a.m., a police officer who responded to the first robbery was flagged down by two other men. They told police that they, along with other friends, were also robbed at gunpoint. The men – two from Chicago, one from Detroit and another from Florida – left Club Rain and were returning to their car on Garibaldi Street when they interrupted two men breaking into the vehicle.

“The vehicle's driver side rear window was smashed in with glass inside of the vehicle and outside on the ground. The four victims confronted the suspects, which at that time, one of the two suspects pulled a black pistol and pointed it at the victims demanding everything in their pockets.”

The four men gave the assailants their wallets, cell phones and $480 in cash. The robbers then fled on foot.

The robberies outside the Club Rain event took place the night before another man nearly drowned during a Black Gay Pride pool party and died three days later.

Promoters RT Parties and FAB 5 ATL offered a weekend of parties for Black Gay Pride, including the event on Friday night at Club Rain. Organizers say that event attracted more than 3,000 people.


The party included performances from R&B singer KeKe Wyatt, who released her first EP in May. She also appeared on TV One's “R&B Divas,” which chronicles the lives of chart-topping divas of the 1990s now living in Atlanta and rebuilding their careers.


And rapper Diamond, a former Atlantan and Crime Mob member who passed over a chance at VH1's “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” and instead landed on Oxygen's “Sisterhood of Hip Hop, which premiered in mid August.



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