Rapper PnB Rock was shot dead at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. An image uploaded to social media may have contributed.
According to the Los Angeles police, the man who killed the 30-year-old rapper yesterday demanded jewelry and other valuables. Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore says the attack occurred after the rapper was tagged online as being at the restaurant. Police are currently investigating whether location details in an image’s metadata may have been connected to the attack.
PnB Rock, real name Rakim Allen, was at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles in Los Angeles with his girlfriend at the time of the shooting. She posted the location-tagged photo to Instagram, which you can see above. The image has since been deleted from her personal Instagram, but not before being captured by the world.
Moore says the rapper was at the restaurant “with his family and friends. As they’re there, enjoying a simple meal, he was brutally attacked by an individual who came to the location after the social media post went live.”
According to the police, the suspect wielded a firearm inside the restaurant and demanded jewelry and other items from the rapper. PnB Rock was shot almost immediately by the assailant, and then he ran out of the side door to a getaway car parked in the parking lot.
Police say they are currently examining security video from inside the restaurant to identify the shooter. They are also checking surrounding businesses to see if the suspect’s escape was captured on any of their security cameras.
PnB Rock was born December 9, 1991, in Philadelphia. His ability to blend melodies with his rapping made him popular, and he gained fame for his 2015 single, “Fleek.”
“It’s like, what do you label yourself, when you still infuse rap into your sh*t?” PnB Rock told Paper Magazine in 2017. “People can’t say I’m a rapper, but I don’t feel like I’m a singer either. I’m not hitting super high notes and going crazy. I can’t give you Chris Brown singing, I just got good melodies.”