Rapper PnB Rock shot to death during a robbery at a Los Angeles restaurant

PnB Rock, the Philadelphia rapper best known for his 2016 hit “Selfish,” was fatally shot during a robbery at Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles restaurant in South Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, law enforcement sources told The Associated Press. TheTimes.

Los Angeles Police Captain Kelly Muniz said a shooting occurred at 1:15 p.m. at the famed Main Street and Manchester Avenue restaurant. She did not identify the victim.

Rock, 30, whose real name was Rakim Allen, had been at the restaurant with his girlfriend, who had posted a photo with the location tagged in an Instagram post that was later deleted.

Muniz said a suspect brandished a firearm inside the restaurant and demanded items from the victim. Sources told The Times that Rock was targeted for his jewelry.

The victim was shot almost immediately by the assailant during the robbery, Muniz said.

“He shot the victim and ran out the side door into a getaway car and then fled the parking lot,” he said.

Muniz said the victim was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at 1:59 p.m.

According to a law enforcement source, Los Angeles Police Department investigators are reviewing security video from inside the restaurant to identify the shooter. They are also checking surrounding businesses to see if security systems captured any images of the suspect leaving on foot or in a vehicle.

Investigators were processing evidence Monday night, Muniz said. She declined to comment on what she recovered from.

Rock was born on December 9, 1991 in Philadelphia. He told Paper Magazine that she was inspired to make music at age 19 after listening to Drake’s decade-defining album “Take Care.”

Rock’s ability to mix melodies with his rapping made him a natural choice for the next evolution of hip-hop. He gained national prominence with the 2015 single “Fleek,” going viral. Climbing plant video into an anthem for women who improve their appearance across the country. She went on to collaborate with a bevy of artists, including Ed Sheeran and Chance the Rapper on “Cross Me.”

One of her biggest moments was alongside Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci, when the two joined forces in 2016 for the hit anthem “Everyday We Lit.” The song peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest-charting song for either artist.

“It’s like, how do you label yourself, when you’re still infusing rap into your s-?” he told Paper Magazine in 2017. “People can’t say I’m a rapper, but I don’t feel like a singer either. I’m not hitting super high notes and going crazy. I can’t give you the Chris Brown song. I only have good melodies.”

“Selfish” peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rock released his latest song “Luv Me Again” on September 2.

Rock’s death comes as authorities say they are facing a growing trend of “follow-home” robberies and other violent incidents.

In February 2020, Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, whose real name was Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed during a home invasion in the hollywood hills.

Authorities believe social media posts, including one of a black gift bag labeled with her address, led the assailants to her location.

The LAPD’s Southeast Community Police Station, which covers the area where Monday’s shooting occurred, has seen 34 homicides this year through Sept. 3, compared to 35 during the same period last year.

The statistics also noted a 25.2% increase in robberies during that period, from 373 to 467.

Rock spoke about previous robbery attempts in Los Angeles during a September 2 episode from the “Off the Record with DJ Akademiks” podcast.

The rapper said he was with his girlfriend and daughter on Fairfax Avenue “in the middle of a pandemic” when people tried to rob him.

“Where I’m from, we like cunning criminals,” Rock said. “In Los Angeles…they are bold.”

Rock and the host talked about how robberies against rappers seemed to be becoming more common.

“I’ve never been robbed, never in my life,” Rock said. “I’m not going to say never because I don’t like to say never. I’m not superstitious, but I haven’t been robbed.”

“That’s why I feel like Los Angeles is creepy, man,” Akademiks said. “It’s so bold. I’m watching crazy videos, like they don’t even do it at night. Maybe like the night, but in broad daylight, that’s when they really do it.”

Rock said that after his older brother was killed, he changed: he became more nervous and aware of how suddenly a situation could turn deadly.

“There’s just been something in me that let me know, like this s—real life,” Rock said. “I have seen people die. I’ve been around people who died… Anyone can die.

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