The gunman who shot a bodyguard for Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Atlanta early Monday was targeting the boxing legend’s entourage, although it’s unclear if the former pound-for-pound king was the intended target, police said.
Investigators told reporters during a news conference Monday that the bodyguard, Gregory La Rosa, 37, was shot in the leg as Mayweather’s three-vehicle entourage returned to their hotel from a nightclub.
Another vehicle — a white SUV whose make and model remains unclear — then pulled up alongside the convoy around 2 a.m. Monday and fired several shots into one of the vehicles, striking La Rosa, a member of Mayweather’s personal security team since 2014, according to his Facebook profile.
“We do believe that Mr. Mayweather was in one of the additional SUVs, he was not in the vehicle that received fire though,” Atlanta police spokesman Donald Hannah told reporters, adding that it’s unclear exactly how many shots were fired.
La Rosa, who was shot in the leg, was discharged from a hospital in good condition hours later. There’s no evidence to suggest that gunfire was exchanged between the vehicles, Hannah said.
Floyd Mayweather in his August fight against Conor McGregor.Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
“We’re not exactly sure what happened earlier on in the evening that may [have] led to the situation, but our investigators are exploring all possibilities,” Hannah said, noting that Mayweather’s crew had been at a waffle house restaurant and a nightclub prior to the shooting.
But whoever shot into the vehicle was targeting someone within Mayweather’s entourage, Hannah said.
“Based off the actions by the shooter, we believe that he was familiar with the entourage or the group of vehicles that he targeted,” Hannah told reporters. “The specific person in that entourage or in the group of vehicles, we haven’t been able to determine.”
Hannah said police investigators had not made contact with Mayweather as of Monday to discuss the shooting. Police spokeswoman Lisa Bender told The Post it was unclear if police had interviewed Mayweather as of Tuesday.
Mayweather, meanwhile, had a “heavy security presence” hours before the shooting, TMZ Sports reports. Video obtained by witnesses shows Mayweather using the restaurant’s jukebox as La Rosa and other bodyguards kept customers at bay. Witnesses said no incident at the restaurant or the nightclub would have sparked the shooting.
Police are now hoping to get their hands on footage of the shooting itself to home in on a suspect.
“We’re still gathering information to determine if there was surveillance of this incident taking place,” Hannah told reporters Monday.
A spokesman for the Las Vegas-based Mayweather Productions declined to comment on the shooting, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.