November 22, 2010 / 3:49 PM / 7 years ago

Mexican-style pro-wrestler shot dead in Atlanta

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Mexican-style professional wrestler was shot dead early on Sunday at an Atlanta bar where he worked as a bouncer, police said on Monday.

Christopher Long, 33, was a 375-pound wrestler for Lucha Libre USA, which hosts live events and has a television show on MTV2.

Lucha Libre, Spanish for “free fighting” is a form of wrestling that is Mexico’s second most popular sport, trailing only soccer, according to the Lucha Libre USA website.

The shooter was likely “a disgruntled customer” Long had escorted out of the bar earlier in the evening, said DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parrish.

A customer was also wounded in the shooting and was released from the hospital Monday morning, Parrish said, adding that investigators have “strong leads” in the case.

Long, whose stage name was “Solid” was a comedic sidekick to wrestler Marco Corleone, a childhood friend from Atlanta, according to the wrestling website.

“When Solid is down he turns to food for comfort and is often seen enjoying his favorite snack, jelly doughnuts,” said the website.

Reporting by David Beasley; Editing by Matthew Bigg and Jerry Norton

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