Los Angeles police said a man was fatally shot at the Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles Monday afternoon (May 18), and word is the slain man is Konvict Muzik’s young artist Dolla.
Details regarding the shooting are still sketchy, but according to the LA Times, a shooting occurred shortly after 3 p.m. at the entrance of the popular Beverly Center shopping mall in Los Angeles Friday afternoon, following an altercation between a group of men.
LAPD officers were called to the scene where witnesses say they saw a scuffle between a group of men take place, possibly involving a knife.
Shortly after, shots rang out in the valet waiting area of the mall. An employee of the Chipotle restaurant, near the exit, told his store manager that he saw the end of the altercation.
“He saw a lady … shooting a handgun,” the restaurant’s general manager, Elsa Hernandez, said.
“The customers were yelling ‘close the store, close the store, because somebody is shooting,’ ” she continued.
Two suspects fled the scene. One is said to have fled in a silver Mercedes, and another in a Nissan Altima. Police sealed off the mall, immediately, and began their investigation.
As of press time, the LAPD had apprehended at least one of assailants at the LAX airport, trying to board a flight. The other may be still at large.
The victim is said to be 21-year-old Atlanta rapper Dolla, who is signed to Akon’s Konvict Muzik label. The young rapper signed to the label in 2007, and later that year released his debut single “Who The F*** Is That?” featuring T-Pain, which created a buzz for the rising artist.
He has been working on his debut album, Dollar And a Dream, ever since.
At press time, Dolla’s camp were unavailable for comment.
Already, the hip-hop community is reacting. Via Twitter, Yung Joc expressed his dismay after hearing the news. “R.I.P. to the homie Dolla … so unfortunate. What’s goin’ on people?”
Compton rapper The Game also extended his condolenses, saying the news ruined his day: “R.I.P to the lil’ homie Dolla from the ATL. I definitely gotta put one in the air now, and damn, I thought I was having a good day … life.”