Did A Social Media Post Lead To The Robbery And Killing Of Rapper PnB Rock?
The Philadelphia native rapper was shot at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in Los Angeles, California on Sept. 12, 2022.
On Sept. 12, 2022, 30-year-old rapper PnB Rock, whose real name is Rakim Allen, was robbed and fatally shot in South Los Angeles, at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. The medical examiner declared his death a homicide caused by a gunshot to the chest and back.
According to DailyMail, when PnB Rock’s mother flew from Philadelphia to LA, to identify his body, she wanted to forego the autopsy and bury him immediately according to Islamic law. The coroner declined and said California law requires a post-mortem exam in all criminal cases. His body has since been released to his family following an autopsy, according to TMZ.
According to The New York Times, an Instagram post of his location may have led to his attackers finding him. A woman who was with the Philadelphia rapper shared a photo of their meal and tagged the location.
Police said the shooter walked into the restaurant on Sept. 12, around 1 p.m. local time, demanding Allen’s property. There was an argument and it ended in the killer shooting Allen multiple times and rushing out the restaurant with his valuables, to a getaway car. According to KTLA, Allen was rushed to an area hospital and pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
KTVU said authorities have said there are two suspects in the case, although no arrests have been made. Authorities are asking local pawn shops to be on the lookout in hopes of catching the killer should they try to sell any of the items they robbed from Allen.
According to Yahoo, fellow rapper Fat Joe, 52, called rappers “an endangered species,” on Charlamagne tha God’s show “Hell of a Week,” following the death of PnB Rock.
“The young brother was supporting Black owned businesses going to the Roscoe’s Chicken with his wife and kid, and so we get all these deflections of, ‘Oh but his wife posted the chicken. Oh he’s not supposed to wear jewelry.’ How about we not supposed to kill each other?” Joe said.
““We getting hit up by the police, hit up by the feds. And we getting hit up by our own for being in our hood trying to show love…It’s so dangerous to be a rapper these days, it’s [the] hardest job out there right now. Because they coming out you either way, they trying to put you in jail or these your own people trying to kill you.”
Fat Joe was not the only rapper who spoke out against the shooting.
Nicki Minaj faced criticism after she criticized PnB Rock’s girlfriend for posting their location on Instagram prior to the shooting and the restaurant, as reported by Complex.
Minaj, 39, shot back by saying rappers are often viewed as “prey” within “a world full of predators.”