According to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore, the shooter who killed PnB Rock in the South Los Angeles restaurant Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles demanded jewelry and other items before he struggled with the rapper and started to shoot.
As per Moore, the attack happened shortly after the rapper was identified online as being present at the restaurant; authorities are now looking into whether this information led to the attack.
He “was with his family — with his girlfriend or some kind of friend of his — and as they’re there, enjoying a simple meal, [he] was brutally attacked by an individual” who apparently [came] to the location after a social media posting,” Moore said.
According to Los Angeles police Capt. Kelly Muniz, a suspect brandished a gun inside the restaurant and made the victim give him something. The Times reported that Rock was a target because of his jewelry.
As per Muniz, the attacker shot the victim during the robbery almost instantly. At 1:59 p.m., the victim was admitted to a hospital.
Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department are reportedly looking through security footage taken inside the restaurant to find the shooter. Additionally, they are looking into neighboring businesses to determine if any video footage exists of the suspect departing on foot or in a car.
According to Muniz, investigators were analyzing the material on Monday night. She declined to make any comments about what was found.
Rock was born in Philadelphia on December 9, 1991. He admitted to Paper Magazine that Drake’s decade-defining album “Take Care” was what first got him interested in music when he was 19 years old.
Rock was a perfect fit for the next stage of hip-hop because of his talent for fusing melodies with his rapping. With the tune “Fleek” from 2015, which transformed the popular Vine video into a national anthem for women who take pride in their beauty, he rose to national prominence. Later, he worked with a variety of musicians, including Ed Sheeran and Chance the Rapper on the song “Cross Me.”
One of his most memorable performances was when he teamed with Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci on the victorious anthem “Everyday We Lit” in 2016, which peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was either artist’s highest-charting song ever.
“It’s like, what do you label yourself when you still infuse rap into your s—?” he 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.”
“Selfish” peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rock released his latest song, “Luv Me Again,” on Sept. 2.
Roscoe issued a statement expressing shock over the killing inside its restaurant.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Rakim Hasheem Allen, (also known as PnB Rock), an incredible artist in Los Angeles and everywhere,” the chain said in a post on Instagram. “His passing represents an enormous loss to each and every one of us. Our most heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers go to the Allen family at this difficult time. The safety of our employees and guests are our utmost priority. We have and will continue to keep our place of business as safe as possible.”
Rock passed away at a time when authorities claim they are dealing with an increase in “follow-home” robberies and other violent crimes.
Rapper Pop Smoke from Brooklyn, whose true name was Bashar Barakah Jackson, was assassinated in a Hollywood Hills home invasion in February 2020.
Authorities think that social media posts, such as one of a black gift bag bearing his address, helped the assailants find him.
Through September 3, there have been 34 homicides reported to the LAPD’s Southeast Community Police Station, which serves the neighborhood where Monday’s shooting took place, down from 35 during the same period the previous year.
The numbers also showed a rise in robberies of 25.2%, from 373 to 467, during that time.
On the “Off the Record with DJ Akademiks” podcast, which aired on September 2, Rock discussed earlier robberies that had occurred in Los Angeles.
The rapper claimed that when somebody attempted to rob him, it was “mid-pandemic” and he was out with his girlfriend and daughter on Fairfax Avenue.
“Where I’m from, we like sneaky criminals,” Rock said. “In L.A. … they bold.”
Rock and the host discussed how it appeared like robberies targeting rappers were increasing in frequency.
“I never got robbed, ever in my life,” Rock said. “I ain’t gonna say never because I don’t like saying never. I’m not superstitious, but I haven’t been robbed.”
“That’s why I feel like L.A.’s spooky, man,” Akademiks said. “It’s just so bold. I’m seeing mad videos like they don’t even do it at night. Like night maybe, but broad daylight, that’s when they really do it.”
After the death of his elder brother, Rock claimed that he underwent a change, becoming more tense and aware of how quickly a situation may become deadly.
“It’s just been something in me that just let me know, like this s— real life,” Rock said. “I done seen people die. I done been around people that died…. Anybody can die.”