MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -

A private chef employed by multiple professional athletes was shot and killed inside Miami Beach's Mansion nightclub early Tuesday morning.

Antaun Teasley was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead. Teasley was a personal chef for Heat guards Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole among other athletes living in South Florida.

Miami Beach police said the shooting happened about 3:40 a.m. after an altercation between Teasley and the shooter in the VIP section of the club.

"When the dust settled, the victim was found with an apparent gunshot wound to his upper torso," Miami Beach police Sgt. Bobby Hernandez said.

People who were in the club at the time of the shooting said they heard a loud noise moments before everyone inside headed for the exit.

Witnesses said the victim tried to make his way out of the club after being shot but collapsed.

Chalmers called the news of Teasley's death "crazy" on his Twitter account.

The last tweet posted on Teasley's account was a photo of a meal apparently prepared for Cole on Monday afternoon -- a sweet potato frittata, summer salad with raspberry vinaigrette, turkey sausage and a beet juice.

Police are searching for the shooter.