PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Rapper PnB Rock, a well-known hip-hop artist from Philadelphia, was fatally shot Monday afternoon during a robbery at Roscoe’s Chicken. & Waffles in South Los Angeles, law enforcement sources told ABC News. She was 30 years old.
Although the Los Angeles Police Department did not officially name the victim, LAPD sources told ABC News Monday night that the rapper, whose legal name is Rakim Hasheem Allen, was the victim seen in captured videos of the incident. by witnesses on social media.
Allen grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. He used the name PnB as an acronym for the intersection of Pastorius and Baynton streets.
The rapper performed one of his last shows in Philadelphia at The Fillmore in December. He called it a “Philadelphia homecoming”.
Now a sign outside the venue reads: “RIP PnB Rock.”
The rapper was at the South LA restaurant with his girlfriend, according to his social media account, where he shared that he was eating at Roscoe’s in a post that he later deleted.
Police said they received a call about a shooting at 1:23 p.m. ET and found a male victim with gunshot wounds. He was transported to an area hospital. According to LAPD, the victim and a woman were eating at the restaurant when at least one suspect approached them and pulled out a firearm demanding property. The suspect shot the victim multiple times, took the property and left in a car to get away, according to police.
“What transpired was that the victim, along with a witness, were in this area eating at a restaurant when at least one suspect approached them, brandished a firearm and demanded property from the victim,” LAPD Capt. Kelly said. Muniz during a press conference on Monday afternoon. “The suspect then shot the victim multiple times, took the property, and then left the scene in a getaway car.”
Muniz said multiple shots were fired and others at the scene were not injured.
Asked about reports that Allen shared his location on social media before the robbery, Muniz said, “We’re always going to investigate social media,” but added that police couldn’t “verify” it yet.
Police said they are reviewing surveillance video to identify possible suspects.
Action News has learned that at least one witness attempted CPR, but there is outrage online that others reportedly chose to record on their phones rather than help.
Allen released a string of hits that charted on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Fleek” and “Selfish,” and was featured in XXL magazine’s Class of Freshmen Rappers to Watch in 2017.
Philadelphia Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson shared her condolences on Twitter, saying, “Rest well! @PnBRock Moved to Los Angeles to relax and get away from his surroundings, and to enjoy and pursue his music career. When I met him at a “Stop the Violence Rally” event at Audenreid HS, he was a very respectful young man. Sad loss to our city. #peacenotguns.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tweeted his condolences, along with a photo of his children with the Philadelphia rapper.
Allen leaves at least one son.
Deena Zaru, Alex Stone and Marilyn Heck of ABC News contributed to this report.
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