Rapper PnB Rock was fatally shot during a robbery in Los Angeles Monday ( September 12), Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday.
Police responded to a possible robbery at Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N Waffles on West Manchester Avenue at 1:15 p.m., where they found a victim with multiple gunshot wounds, LAPD Cpt. Kelly Muniz said during a news conference Monday evening.
Moore confirmed the victim was identified as Rakim Allen, also known as PnB Rock, during a Tuesday meeting with the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners.
“Just yesterday was a very high-profile murder that occurred in a southeast area local restaurant involving a music artist by the name of PnB Rock,” Moore said.
“A Mr. Rakim Allen was apparently there with his girlfriend or a friend of his and as they’re there enjoying a simple meal, [Allen] was brutally attacked by an individual who, apparently, we believe… came to the location after a social media posting of the artist and the woman accompanying him.”
Moore said a picture of the pair’s meal had been posted on Instagram, with the location tagged. He said a Black man attacked the rapper at the restaurant, demanding his property. PnB Rock “had an extensive amount of jewelry and other valuables,” Moore said.
After a verbal exchange, the suspect shot the victim multiple times and fled in a getaway car in an unknown direction, according to Muniz. The victim was transported to a local hospital and died at 1:59 p.m., according to Muniz. She said no one is in custody, and there is very little information on the suspect at this point.
“Mr. PnB Rock was shot and killed and lost his life there, simply over the jewelry and valuables that he had on his person,” Moore said. “Our investigation continues. There was an extensive amount of cameras and investigative leads that we will follow to solve this case.”
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