Rapper PnB Rock gunned down in robbery at Los Angeles restaurant
Blog Introduction: PnB Rock, the Philadelphia rapper best known for his 2016 hit “Selfish,” was fatally shot during a robbery at the Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles restaurant in South Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, law enforcement sources told The Times.
Los Angeles police Capt. Kelly Muniz said a shooting took place at 1:15 p.m. at the famous eatery on Main Street and Manchester Avenue. She would not identify the victim.
Rock, 30, whose real name was Rakim Allen, had been at the restaurant with his girlfriend, who had posted a location-tagged photo in a since-deleted Instagram post.
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 and was pronounced dead at the scene, law enforcement sources said. The suspect then fled on foot, according to police.
No arrests have been made, and a description of the assailant has not been released.
It is unclear whether anyone else was injured in the shooting. Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Rock’s death comes less than two weeks after another up-and-coming rapper, Pop Smoke, was shot and killed during a home invasion robbery in Hollywood Hills West. Police have arrested four people in connection with that killing and are investigating whether it was gang-related.
Police are also investigating whether there is any connection between Rock’s killing and Pop Smoke’s murder. It is unclear if either killing was gang-related.
PnB Rock gained prominence in 2016 with his single “Selfish,” which peaked at No. 23 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. He released his debut album, “GTFOH,” later that year. His most recent album, “Catch These Vibes,” came out in 2017 and included the single “Unforgettable.”
His last Instagram post showed him standing outside Roscoe’s holding what appeared to be takeout boxes. “I love LA man!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!! Appreciate yall!!!!! Catch These Vibes!!!!!!!” he captioned the photo.
Police are still investigating the fatal shooting of Philadelphia rapper PnB Rock that took place Monday afternoon at Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles in South Los Angeles. So far no arrests have been made and police have not released a description of the assailant who is still on the run. This tragic incident comes less than two weeks after another up-and-coming rapper, Pop Smoke, was shot and killed during a home invasion robbery in Hollywood Hills West. It is unclear if either killing was gang-related but police are investigating any possible connections between the two murders. Our thoughts and prayers go out to PnB Rock’s family and friends during this difficult time.