David McAtee Bio – Wiki
David McAtee is a native of Kentucky. Amid the protests taking place in the name of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky early Monday morning, a local man, McAtee, was shot and killed during an incident that involved the Louisville Metro Police and National Guard, as reported by The Courier-Journal. McAtee was the owner of a popular barbecue spot located by Dino’s Food Mart parking lot, where the shooting took place at 12:15 a.m. local time on June 1.
He was 53 years old.
David McAtee Shot Dead
David McAtee, the owner of a barbecue business in western Louisville, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers early Monday morning, an incident that’s now under state and local police investigation.
Phylicia Ashley reported that a large crowd has amassed at 26th and Broadway, where a man was shot dead after LMPD and National Guard officers allegedly were shot at by someone in a crowd.
They returned fire, leaving David McAtee dead shortly after midnight. As of 10:45 a.m. Monday, Ashley reported McAtee’s body was still in the street.
“He didn’t hurt nobody, didn’t deserve to get shot down like he did,” McAtee’s sister said. “I don’t know what happened, but whatever happened here, my brother didn’t do anything wrong. He was an innocent person and an innocent bystander. He did not deserve this at all.”
McAtee’s sister also said the crowd that was gathered before the shooting wasn’t taking part in the protests that have packed Louisville city streets the last four nights. She said a group meets in that area every Sunday night for food and music, adding that her brother was helping serve food. McAtee owned Yaya’s BBQ Shack next door to Dino’s Food Mart.
Monday’s crowd has gathered to show its support for McAtee’s family. The group is urging peace, Ashley reported. The Rev. Charles Elliott was seen consoling a young man named Emannuel, who at the moment is helping lead the communication between the crowd and police.
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said during a press conference on Monday, “Officers and soldiers began to clear the lot and at some point were shot at. Both LMPD and National Guard members returned fire.” Conrad noted that it is unclear McAtee, 53, was the person who also fired at the officers.
“It’s very clear that many people do not trust the police,” Conrad said. “That is an issue we’re going to work on and work through.”
.@LMPD officers at 26th and Broadway have put on riot gear as the crowd grows after a shooting that killed one man. The shooting involved LMPD and Nation Guard. Currently, the group is just yelling and crying. No confrontations. @WDRBNews pic.twitter.com/qKfmuY6UJj
— Lexie Ratterman (@LRatterman_WDRB) June 1, 2020
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear tweeted out the following statement on Monday morning, announcing that he’s asked the Kentucky State Police to investigate the matter:
Last night at around 12 a.m., it is our understanding that the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and the Kentucky National Guard were dispatched to 26th and Broadway. While working to disperse a crowd, LMPD [Louisville Metro Police Department] and the Kentucky National Guard were fired upon. LMPF and the Kentucky National Guard returned first resulting in a death. Given the seriousness of the situation, I have authorized the Kentucky State Police to independently investigate the event.
After McAtee was identified by his family as the victim of the shooting, Beshear spoke to the man’s mother, Odessa Riley. She told reporter Phillip Bailey, “I just buried my baby daughter on Jan. 22. Now, my baby son has gotten killed, so I’m just going through it.”
WDRB journalist Lexi Ratterman, who also spoke with Riley, said that McAtee was known as “Yah Yah,” and “The BBQ Man” around the neighborhood. McAtee’s mother also asked for the protests in the name of her son to remain peaceful.
"My son didn't hurt nobody. . . Like I said earlier, he fed all @LMPD. The police would come up to his shop and talk to him and be with him. He fed the police. He fed them free. He fed the police and didn't charge them nothing. My son was a good son." — Odessa Riley #DavidMcAtee pic.twitter.com/qbsUYT2JFv
— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) June 1, 2020
McAtee donated his time and food to Volunteers of America’s Louisville Family Housing Services (LFHS) to help provide meals to homeless families. In 2014, he was featured by Volunteers in America for his work with Bellarmine Food Recovery Network (BRFN), which helps provide food to 24 families every day.
A Louisville woman wrote on Facebook, “The man shot, David McAtee, was an icon in the Russell neighborhood and was known for his BBQ on the corner. Why did he have to die?”