Rock Shot and Killed While Being Robbed in Los Angeles Restaurant
On Monday afternoon, PnB Rock was being robbed when he was slain in a gunshot in South Los Angeles. The LAPD confirmed to Complex that a victim had been shot to death, as both the L.A. Times and LAPD had reported.
The Philadelphia native, Rakim Hasheem Allen, was 30 years old. He leaves two small children behind.
PnB Rock (real name: Rakim Hasheem Allen) was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead at 1:59 p.m. Tributes for the “Selfish” MC started pouring onto social media. “Pray for pnb rock….the man got family and kids smh God be with the man,” Offset wrote on Twitter. Russ — who collaborated with the late rapper on “Issues” from Rock’s Billboard 200 No. 17 album Catch These Vibes in 2017 — also wrote, “Damn man. RIP PNB Rock. So sad.”
The Times reported that PnB Rock was “being robbed of his jewellery” when the incident took place at Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N Waffles. According to TMZ, a call about the incident was made to law enforcement at 1:23 p.m., and gruesome video that has been circulating online depicts him “fighting for his life.” At 1:59 p.m., the victim was declared dead at a hospital, according to police.
In one of the videos below, Los Angeles Police Capt. Kelly Muniz refers to the victim as “the victim was sitting at a table eating with a female witness when he was approached by the suspect.” PnB Rock isn’t mentioned, however. The suspect then displayed a gun and demanded his belongings. The perpetrator then appeared to remove some property after firing several bullets, although to what extent is unknown.
According to the Times, Muniz reportedly disclosed that the suspect “shot the victim, departed the scene through a side door to a getaway vehicle.” It “appears the shooter targeted PnB, because no one else was shot or harmed,” a TMZ insider claimed.
The rapper’s girlfriend Stephanie Sibounheuang, with whom he has daughter Xuri, age 2, erased a post on her Instagram Stories indicating that they were dining at Roscoe’s.
Catch These Vibes, a studio album from PnB Rock, was released in 2017; Trapstar Turnt PopStar, a studio album from PnB Rock, was released in 2019. He also released a number of mixtapes, the most recent of which was Money, Hoes & Flows with Fetty Wap in 2016. His biggest song, “Selfish,” was released in 2016 and later included on his mixtape GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions, which went triple platinum. He gained notoriety in recent years with cameos on songs by Meek Mill in 2018 and 2019, Ed Sheeran in 2019’s “Cross Me” with Chance the Rapper, and XXXTentacion in 2018’s “Bad Vibes Forever” with Trippie Redd.
According to TMZ, PnB moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles after signing his contract with Atlantic over ten years ago. His stage name is a reference to Pastorius and Baynton, a street intersection in the Philadelphia neighbourhood where he was raised, according to the source.
REST IN PEACE