Music executive John Atterberry, who was shot in the face and neck during the “random” shoot-out in Hollywood last Friday, succumbed to his wounds yesterday evening. Atterberry, 40, was shot while sitting in his car at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street by disturbed gunman, Tyler Brehm.
The 26 year old responsible for the death and mayhem that when down in Hollywood last week is now thought to have been triggered by the break up with his girlfriend of four years, Alicia Alligood. Officials say Brehm opened fire around 10:19am Friday, firing anywhere from 9-12 shots before being shot by police. Witnesses say he walked northbound on Vine with his gun in the air, and lowered it to shoot as cars drove by. After running out of bullets, Brehm allegedly pulled out a knife and began to shout, “Kill me…I want to be killed.”
Atterberry was a well-known manager and promoter within the music industry, having previously worked with acts such as the Spice Girls and Jessica Simpson & 50 Cent. His last position was that of senior partner & CFO at event promotion company, GridLock Group. Sources report Atterberry’s career in the music business began with a position at Tabu Records in the A&R department. After spending time as head of marketing and promotions for Karl Kani and Cross Colors, he returned to the music biz as VP at Death Row Records. Atterberry then created Mergela Records and Consulting where he repped Chris Tucker and Rodney Jerkins, and produced various label deals, THR reports. He also founded music publishing company Infusion Music Group.