LOS ANGELES — Town already had a infamous historical past for rappers, and within the final month no less than two extra artists have been slain there.
Latauriisha O’Brien, 32, who performs beneath the title “Half Ounce,” was discovered fatally shot late Monday, police and his household mentioned, the newest of a number of rap notables who’ve been killed in Los Angeles up to now two years.
The Los Angeles Police Division mentioned officers responded to a number of calls of photographs fired round 11:30 a.m. within the Koreatown neighborhood and located a person fatally shot in entrance of an condominium constructing.
The slain man’s household confirmed to NBC Los Angeles that the individual killed was O’Brien, a father of three who labored at UPS whereas attending faculty.
The Los Angeles County medical expert’s workplace additionally confirmed O’Brien was the sufferer. An examination was pending Tuesday, an workplace spokesperson mentioned.
Police officers mentioned motive was unknown and that the investigation was in its early phases. Investigators are searching for a person carrying darkish clothes who fled south from the crime scene on New Hampshire Avenue in a dark-colored SUV.
Monday’s killing occurred three weeks after rapper PnB Rock was shot and killed in a botched theft at Roscoe’s Hen ‘N Waffles in South Los Angele. Three individuals, together with a 17-year-old and his father, have been arrested and charged within the Sept. 12 killing.
In December, rapper Drakeo the Ruler, whose actual title is Darrell Caldwell, died after being stabbed throughout a combat behind the principle stage at Banc of California Stadium in the course of the As soon as Upon a Time in LA music competition.
Brooklyn, New York, rapper Pop Smoke, whose actual title is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was shot and killed throughout a reported house invasion in Los Angeles on Feb. 19, 2020, whereas he was in Los Angeles on a enterprise journey.
4 individuals, together with two juveniles, had been charged in that case.
In March 2019, Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed exterior his South Los Angeles clothes retailer. In July, Eric R. Holder Jr. was discovered responsible of first-degree homicide within the Hussle slaying.
It’s been 25 years because the rapper often called “Infamous B.I.G.” and “Biggie Smalls,” was gunned down in a car-to-car taking pictures March 9, 1997.
The taking pictures of the rapper, whose actual title was Christopher Wallace, has by no means been solved.
It occurred following a celebration on the Petersen Auto Museum in Mid Metropolis neighborhood of L.A. in what’s believed to have been the crescendo of a constructing feud between East and West Coast rap artists.