UPDATE: Four murder suspects nabbed
A disgruntled customer fired shots into a Buford Highway night club early Sunday morning killing a professional wrestler working as a bouncer.
Chris Long, 33, was working at Shooter Alley, located at 5803 Buford Highway, when the 1:30 a.m. altercation occurred, according to Mekka Parish, public information officer for the DeKalb County Police Department.
Detectives have identified a suspect and have arrest warrants for Ahmed Gill, 31, Parish said. Gill faces multiple charges including homicide and aggravated assault. Information provided by witnesses helped detectives to identify him as a suspect.
The disgruntled customer, who police have identified as Gill, was escorted from the premises before the shooting Parrish said. He returned to the club and fired multiple shots inside the building, killing Long and striking another customer, Rene Rivera. Rivera was released from a hospital on Nov. 22, Parrish said.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 375-pound Long was a “very gregarious, bigger-than-life” man, said self-described best friend Frank Aldridge, who runs the Atlanta World Wrestling Alliance professional wrestling school.
Long, who wrestled under the name “Solid,” was a wrestler and scout with Lucha Libre USA, Aldridge said. Lucha Libre is a New York company that produces live wrestling events around the country and on television.
“He was a great guy and a dedicated friend,” Aldridge said. “He had a thousand friends, at least.” Aldridge said that when they learned of Long’s death, “tough guys broke down and cried.”
Long is survived by a wife, Lisa, and two children.