|Posted on May 18, 2009 (23 minutes ago), words by Ronnie Gamble of Ballerstatus
|Los 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.”
4:20 PM | May 18, 2009
[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 popular 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.
— 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