The gunplay erupted after two off-duty cops working security at the Velvet Room heard shots fired behind the club about 4 a.m., DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander said.
The two uniformed officers ran to the back and spotted an armed man who turned and opened fire. The officers, who were not hit, returned fire and wounded the suspect in the leg, Alexander said.
“They were doing what they were trained to do,” Alexander told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They took all the necessary actions to protect themselves and each other.”
Alexander said that the suspect, a DJ at the club, went back inside the club after he was shot. He was cuffed a short time later and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was being treated for the wound.
Cops said they had no reason to believe any celebrities inside the club — where people were celebrating the release of Ross’ new album “Mastermind” — were involved in the shooting.
The suspect was not immediately identified.
Officials said the two officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative duty pending the investigation, which is standard procedure.
It was the second party featuring Combs over the weekend that erupted in gunfire.
On Saturday, the Bad Boy Records founder hosted a party at a Sheraton Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina - where two men were shot in the leg after an argument in the V.I.P. section, the Charlotte Observer reported. The victims survived the ordeal and at least one person was arrested, according to the paper.