Rapper pleads no contest to hitting promoter

ATLANTA - Gucci Mane, a little-known rap singer before getting into trouble with the law, pleaded no contest Wednesday to hitting a promoter in the head with a pool cue.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge John J. Goger sentenced Mane to six months in jail, followed by 6-1/2 years of probation. Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, will receive credit for three months already served in jail.

The 25-year-old, who also faces a murder charge in DeKalb County, admitted to charges of aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon when he attacked Troy Bufford June 14 at Big Cat Records in Atlanta, where Bufford had gone to pick up a CD.

Bufford and Davis argued and the owner told the two to leave. Bufford said that when he left Davis hit him in the head with the pool cue, cutting his head, and then several other men beat him, prosecutor Andrew Schwartz said. He said Davis also threatened Bufford with a gun.

Davis also agreed to pay hospital and medical bills of about $3,000.

Building bombed by Eric Rudolph gutted by fire

ATLANTA - A vacant building that once housed a gay nightclub bombed by convicted serial bomber Eric Rudolph has been gutted by fire.

No injuries have been reported in the blaze that broke out just before 9 p.m, Tuesday, Atlanta fire officials said. The building once housed the Otherside Lounge.

On Feb. 21, 1997, a bomb exploded in a back room of the nightclub, injuring five people.

Investigators found and detonated a second bomb hung in shrubbery outside the club.

Rudolph was captured in western North Carolina in May 2003.

This year he pleaded guilty to the Otherside Lounge bombing as well as bombings at Centennial Olympic Park and abortion clinics in Sandy Springs and in Birmingham, Alabama.

He is serving four life sentences in federal prison.

Mayoral hopeful's husband killed

NEWTON - The husband of a city mayoral candidate was killed and a police officer was injured Monday in a shootout at a mobile home park, authorities said.

Herschell Bullard, the owner of the Bullard Mobile Home Park, was killed in the Monday shooting, Newton police said. His wife, Markeita, is running against Lawrence Carr in Newton's Nov. 8 municipal election, said Newton City Clerk Pat Hart.

Police Chief Aubrey Suggs said Tuesday that two officers responded to a report of shots fired at 11:54 p.m. Monday at Bullard Mobile Home Park just off state Highway 91 in Newton.

Capt. David Zigan was shot and wounded, Suggs said. Zigan was hospitalized in stable condition, said Officer Jonathan Follendore of the Medical College of Georgia Police Department.

Suggs said he did not know who shot whom at the scene or how the shooting started because he was not called to the scene until the shooting was over.

- From wire reports