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‘I Remind Myself It Could Be Worse’: Kandi Burruss Posts Message to Fans After Cousin Was Shot By Coworker at Reality Star’s Restaurant; Alleged Gunman Now Arrested

An employee of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss’ has been arrested after an altercation at her and husband Todd Tucker’s suburban Atlanta restaurant Blaze and Steak Seafood led to Burruss’ cousin getting shot. 

On Wednesday, Sept. 7, an employee at Burruss’ eatery got into a fight with another worker that resulted in one worker getting shot in the arm. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recounted the incident, “Officers received a call around 7:30 p.m. about and employee firing weapon during a fight at a restaurant on Cascade Road,” South Fulton police said.

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 20: Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker attend BMI Presents A Night With Lil Nas X Awards dinner at The Gathering Spot on October 20, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

AJC.com explained, “The shot struck another employee in the arm, and the suspect ran away before police arrived.”

The suspected shooter, who has been identified as Henry Darden, was arrested in Atlanta on Thursday night.

The individual shot during the altercation was later revealed as Chef Melvin Jones, the Xscape vocalist’s cousin. In a quick post and delete on his Instagram story, Melvin confirmed being the alleged victim by showing his graphic bullet wound.

Though the reason behind the heated argument that resulted into a shooting has not been uncovered, Chef Melvin miraculously sustained minor injuries.

According to police, Burruss’ cousin’s injuries, “were not life-threatening.”

With the chaotic news spreading around like wildfire, Burruss and Tucker uploaded a photo onto their restaurant’s Instagram page where they announced the establishment’s break for the remainder of the day [Sept. 8] in order to update protocol and training. 

“Blaze will be closed today for a system update and staff training. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.” They made sure to clarify the closing was not permanent and wrote, “We will reopen Friday, September 9th at 1pm.” 

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Burruss also posted an inspirational photo onto her Instagram where it showed a pastor giving thanks to God in various languages. 

“Thank you God for your protection!” The 46-year-old began. “Even when things seem bad I remind myself that it could be worse. We’re living, breathing, and thanking God for another day. Thanks for the love and prayers!” She wrote. 

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