Co-owner of popular Atlanta nightclub Republic Lounge shot to death outside the establishment. Gidewon, 50, was an immigrant from Eritrea who rose to fame in the Atlanta nightlife business with his brother.
The co-owner of popular Atlanta nightclub Republic Lounge was shot and killed outside his establishment early Saturday morning.
Michael Gidewon, who owned the West Midtown lounge with his brother, was identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as the man found dead just before 7 a.m. Saturday, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
Atlanta police said Zone 5 officers responded to the club at 990 Brady Ave. NW around 6:55 a.m. on reports of a person shot. At the scene, officers found 50-year-old Gidewon unresponsive with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The department’s Homicide Unit is investigating the shooting. As of Saturday, no suspects were in custody and a motive was unknown.
As the community learned of the loss, mourners visited the well-known nightclub to lay bouquets of flowers.
Records filed with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office showed Gidewon had worked as a nightlife entrepreneur for the past 35 years, Fox 5 reported.
He and his younger brother, Alex, came to America after escaping violence in their East African home country of Eritrea. The brothers started as valets to learn the ins and outs of the nightlife business and eventually became knowledgeable enough to own their clubs, which were located a block from each other.