Rapper Kendrick Lamar ( Born Kendrick Lamar Duckworth), 28, was shot and killed while waiting in the valet area of the upscale Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles on Monday in a brash daylight assault that had diners and shoppers diving for cover as shots rang out.
The shooting took place around 3:10 p.m. in the parking garage of the popular mall as Lamar was standing near the entrance with several other people. Witnesses said four to five shots rang out at the normally quiet shopping center. The rapper, who had come to the mall to shop, was shot in the head and was swiftly taken to nearby Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.
According to the Times, the LAPD has not announced a motive for the attack, and police are reportedly questioning a woman detained at the scene and a man who allegedly drove from the mall to LAX in a rented silver Mercedes SUV, which police later found in an airport parking lot.
A spokesperson for Lamar, said the rapper apparently had a dispute with some unidentified people, perhaps at the airport when he arrived on Monday to begin work on his album. “They followed him to the mall because they knew he was coming,” publicist Sue Vannasing told theTimes. Police said they could not confirm or deny that information.
Lamar killing comes 12 years after the still unsolved murder of the Notorious B.I.G., who was shot to death outside the Petersen Automotive Museum, just two miles from the site of Monday’s shooting. MTV News will bring you more updates on this story as it develops.
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