The man shot in the face while driving in Hollywood last Friday morning succumbed to his injuries Monday. Since victim John Atterberry's death, new details have come out about his life. Atterberry was shot by 26-year-old Tyler Brehm who, following a hard break up went to a Hollywood intersection in broad daylight Friday morning and opened fire on random cars before being fatally shot by an off-duty police officer. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Atterberry was a music producer, and at the time of his shooting was working on a Christian-themed movie about spiritual awakening:
"At the time of his death, Atterberry, 40, was working on completing the independent film God’s Country, which he co-wrote and produced. The film tells the story of an ambitious real estate executive who is neglectful of her mother but goes through a spiritual transformation while trying to close a lucrative deal."
The film's star told THR that the movie is about "stopping and recognizing how important family is and how we can take family for granted."
The Los Angeles Times reports that Atterberry was a L.A. native who got his start at Tabu Records, and was serving as a senior partner and chief financial officer for the GridLock Group. According to the Times, early in Atterberry's career he was a vice president of Death Row Records, which at the time was home to Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. He later worked on albums by Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson, Brandy, the Spice Girls and Jessica Simpson.
The shooting occurred at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street, where Atterberry was shot three times in the face and neck in his Mercedes-Benz by the gunman, later identified by authorities as 26-year-old Tyler Brehm.
“I do not understand now nor will I ever is why such a senseless act of violence was inflicted upon such a GOD-fearing, kind, compassionate, loving individual,” sister Cynthia Atterberry said in a posting on Facebook after her brother died Monday.
One witness told KTLA that while shooting, Brehm was screaming "Allahu Akbar."
THR Photo Editor Chris Godley was grazed by a bullet in the same incident.