Konvict Muzik Artist Dolla Gunned Down In Los Angeles

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Konvict Muzik Artist Dolla Gunned Down In Los Angeles

Posted on May 18, 2009 (23 minutes ago), words by Ronnie Gamble of Ballerstatus


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dolla-225Los Angeles police said a man was fatally shot at the Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles Monday afternoon (May 18), and word is the slain man is Konvict Muzik’s young artist Dolla.

Details regarding the shooting are still sketchy, but according to the LA Times, a shooting occurred shortly after 3 p.m. at the entrance of the popular Beverly Center shopping mall in Los Angeles Friday afternoon, following an altercation between a group of men.

LAPD officers were called to the scene where witnesses say they saw a scuffle between a group of men take place, possibly involving a knife.

Shortly after, shots rang out in the valet waiting area of the mall. An employee of the Chipotle restaurant, near the exit, told his store manager that he saw the end of the altercation.

“He saw a lady … shooting a handgun,” the restaurant’s general manager, Elsa Hernandez, said.

“The customers were yelling ‘close the store, close the store, because somebody is shooting,’ ” she continued.

Two suspects fled the scene. One is said to have fled in a silver Mercedes, and another in a Nissan Altima. Police sealed off the mall, immediately, and began their investigation.

As of press time, the LAPD had apprehended at least one of assailants at the LAX airport, trying to board a flight. The other may be still at large.

The victim is said to be 21-year-old Atlanta rapper Dolla, who is signed to Akon’s Konvict Muzik label. The young rapper signed to the label in 2007, and later that year released his debut single “Who The F*** Is That?” featuring T-Pain, which created a buzz for the rising artist.

He has been working on his debut album, Dollar And a Dream, ever since.

At press time, Dolla’s camp were unavailable for comment.

Already, the hip-hop community is reacting. Via Twitter, Yung Joc expressed his dismay after hearing the news. “R.I.P. to the homie Dolla … so unfortunate. What’s goin’ on people?”

Compton rapper The Game also extended his condolenses, saying the news ruined his day: “R.I.P to the lil’ homie Dolla from the ATL. I definitely gotta put one in the air now, and damn, I thought I was having a good day … life.”

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Man fatally shot at entrance to Beverly Center [Updated]

4:20 PM | May 18, 2009

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[Updated at 6:30 p.m. The man shot at the Beverly Center mall this afternoon was identified as Atlanta-based Dolla, whose real name is Roderick Anthony Burton II, according to his publicist, Sue Vannasing. She said Dolla was shot in the head around 3:10 p.m. while he and another rapper, D.J. Shabbazz, waited in the area after shopping at the popular Westside mall. A friend who was with the rapper at Beverly Center also confirmed his identity to The Times.

About two hours later, Los Angeles police detained a “person of interest” as he attempted to board a plane out of Los Angeles International Airport. The man allegedly drove his silver Mercedes SUV from Beverly Center to the airport. Vannasing said Dolla had gotten into an altercation with other passengers on a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, but it’s unclear if that was related to the violence.]

[Updated at 5:15 p.m.: Police have arrested one “person of interest” in connection with the shooting but were looking for a second suspect.]

[Updated at 5:40 p.m.: The arrested suspect, who fled from the mall in a silver Mercedes, was detained at Los Angeles International Airport while trying to board a flight. Police said the shooting took place in the valet waiting area of the mall].

The shooting occurred just after 3 p.m. at the La Cienega Boulevard entrance to the popular Westside shopping center. All entrances and exits to the Me2_kjv724ncpopular Westside shopping mall were sealed off as police swarmed the scene.

LAPD officials said that officers were sent to the mall on a report of a group fight, possibly involving a knife. LAPD Sgt. Ronnie Crump said two suspects ran in the direction of Beverly Hills.

At a Chipotle restaurant in the mall, several people were eating when the shots rang out.

“The customers were yelling ‘close the store, close the store, because somebody is shooting,’ ” said Elsa Hernandez, general manager of the restaurant.

An employee who was behind the restaurant, near the mall’s valet parking service, saw the tail end of the dispute, Hernandez said. “He saw a lady … shooting a handgun,” Hernandez said.

Me_kjv70vncThe center is normally quite peaceful, said Hernandez, who’s worked at the restaurant for six years. “This is the first time this has happened here,” she said.

— Andrew Blankstein and Sam Quiñones

Photos: Shoppers leave the parking structure at the Beverly Center (top photo) as LAPD personnel investigate the scene of the Monday afternoon shooting. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times

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Michelle Obama-Is not a Great Beauty-Says Supermodel Iman

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Iman*One of the world’s first black supermodels has a few thoughts to share regarding the nation’s first African American first lady.

  “Mrs. Obama is not a great beauty,” says Iman, the Somali-born model and wife of rocker David Bowie, to Sunday’s Parade magazine. “But she is so interesting looking and so bright. That will always take you farther. When you’re a great beauty, it’s always downhill for you. If you’re someone like Mrs. Obama, you just get better with age.”       

“One had the field ni**er and the house ni**er. There was this notion that I was chosen by white fashion editors to be better than the rest, which I am not,” she added. “I did not like being thought of as the house ni**er.

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Man Shot at B-day Party in Inglewood, Cali

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Inglewood police shoot, kill man at birthday party

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Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
Friends of Marcus Smith light candles at the South Osage Street apartment where he was shot and killed early Sunday. The Inglewood Police Department is already under investigation by two agencies over its use of deadly force.
Marcus Smith, 31, allegedly brandished a semiautomatic handgun at officers. One officer was wounded. The department is already under investigation by two agencies over its use of deadly force.
By Corina Knoll and David Zahniser
May 18, 2009
Inglewood police shot and killed a man who allegedly brandished a weapon early Sunday while officers were attempting to break up a birthday party, authorities said.

The shooting was the latest deadly incident involving Inglewood’s Police Department, which is under investigation by two outside agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, over its use of deadly force.

Police said officers responded to reports of a fight shortly after 12:45 a.m. in the 800 block of South Osage Avenue. Officers opened fire on Marcus Smith, 31, of Compton after he pointed a semiautomatic handgun at them, Lt. Mike McBride said.

“He had it in his hand. He drew it and pointed it in the direction of the officers,” McBride said. “So I would say that’s threatening the officers.”

One officer was shot in the right leg in the incident. He was taken to a hospital, treated and released, McBride said. Police suspect the officer was shot by Smith, but they need to conduct more tests on his gun to be sure, he said.

A woman who identified herself as Smith’s fiancee said she did not see him brandish a weapon. Kalonna LaCount said she and Smith were leaving the party together after police called on guests to disperse.

LaCount said she and Smith were walking down a stairway when Smith slipped. LaCount said she then saw Smith’s body jerk as police fired their weapons.

“He had his hands in the air,” she said. “The more he stumbled, the more they shot.”

LaCount said she was not certain whether Smith was armed or even owned a gun. LaCount, wearing a green dress stained with Smith’s blood, sat on the steps of the apartment building Sunday and wept as she recounted the moments before his death. LaCount said she and Smith had been together for 18 years and have three daughters, all under the age of 12.

Turning to her brother, Taqwa LaCount, she said: “He’s dead. Can you believe it? What am I going to do?”

The Inglewood Police Department is under investigation by the Justice Department and the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review over incidents in which officers have been accused of using excessive force.

The Justice Department’s investigation is being handled by the federal agency’s civil rights division in Washington. The county’s independent review office, which monitors the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, has promised to look at the Inglewood department’s training, supervision, policies and protocol.

The Police Department was the subject of community protests last year from residents angry over four incidents between May and September in which officers shot and killed unarmed suspects. A Times investigation last year also found that five of 11 people shot and killed by Inglewood police since 2003 were unarmed.

On Sunday, police and witnesses described the scene at the two-story apartment building as chaotic, with dozens of people attending the party as officers arrived.

Morris Griffin, 50, who lives in a ground-floor apartment directly below the scene of the shooting, said he heard an argument, went upstairs and saw two men wrestling. He said he separated them, but they continued arguing, so he ran back to his apartment and called police.

Griffin said he heard officers shout “Police! Gun!” before at least seven to eight shots were fired. Smith was struck on the outdoor stairs leading to the second floor, Griffin said. “The officers appeared to be intimidated by the size of the individuals,” he said.

Inglewood resident Charisma Bailey, 28, who lives in the apartment where the Mardi Gras-themed party was held, said party-goers were wearing masks and beads.

Bailey said she was standing next to the window of her apartment, looking down the stairs when officers approached the building holding flashlights and guns.

“The next thing you know, they’re shooting, and he’s falling down the steps,” she said of Smith.

corina.knoll@latimes.com

david.zahniser@latimes.com

Times staff writer Ruben Vives contributed to this report.