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  • September 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur and MarionSugeKnight are driving in a 1996 BMW

  • 750 sedan, heading eastbound on Flamingo Road in Las Vegas.

  • At 11.15 pm, a white, four-door, late-model Cadillac, pulls up alongside them.

  • The back window of that car rolls down.

  • As Tupac realizes what's happening, he tries to clamber into the back seat.

  • Bullets are fired in rapid succession from a .40 S&W Glock 22.

  • Knight is only grazed by bullet fragments, but Tupac is seriously hurt.

  • He's been hit twice in the chest, once in the thigh, and once in the arm.

  • Knight puts his foot down and heads towards Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue.

  • There a Bike Patrol pulls them over and immediately alerts paramedics.

  • The two men are soon taken to University Medical Center.

  • On the way to the emergency room in a frail voice, Tupac says, “I'm dying.”

  • He's right.

  • Days later, his girlfriend Kidada Jones asks him, “Do you know I love youDo you know

  • we all love you?”

  • She thinks he manages to nod even in his terrible state.

  • He'll soon be dead.

  • But what actually happened?

  • Who killed Tupac?

  • This has become one of the most enduring mysteries in recent times.

  • First, let's look more closely at events that night.

  • Tupac and Knight had just watched Mike Tyson beat Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand Garden

  • Arena in Las Vegas.

  • The fight lasted a grand total of 109 seconds.

  • Another fight later broke out in the lobby of the hotel with Tupac and friends and Los

  • Angeles gang Southside Crips member Orlando Anderson.

  • Tupac was told by a guy in his entourage named TrevonTrayLane, that Anderson had

  • stolen his Death Row chain and pendant a while back in a Foot Locker store in Compton.

  • Lane was a member of the M.O.B.

  • Pirus gang, an enemy of the Southside Crips.

  • Tupac approached the guy, said, “You from the South”, and punched him in the face.

  • Soon after he told his girlfriend that this guy hadstarted a fight with me for nothin'.”

  • He also told her, “Something's up.

  • You stay here.”

  • MGM Grand video surveillance showed Tupac, Knight, and their entourage beating Anderson

  • until security broke it up.

  • There must have been about six people kicking the guy when he was down, a beating perhaps

  • severe enough to enrage a man enough to commit murder.

  • Just after 11 pm, Tupac and Knight were driving down Las Vegas Boulevard heading to Knight's

  • Club 662, when they were pulled over by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Bike

  • Patrol.

  • They were told they were playing music too loud and asked why the car didn't have a

  • license plate.

  • There was one, in the trunk, and the cops let them go.

  • Just a few minutes later, they stopped at some traffic lights at an intersection at

  • East Flamingo Road and Koval Lane.

  • In the car behind were their bodyguards.

  • There were two cars in front, and to their side, there were some women in a car.

  • Tupac rolled down the window and invited them to the club, paying little attention to what

  • was going on elsewhere.

  • Then the Cadillac pulled up beside them.

  • It had California plates.

  • Some reports state that the guy shot from the window, but others say he got out of the

  • car.

  • Whatever happened, 13 shots were fired and Tupac, who'd survived being shot five times

  • just two years earlier, wasn't going to survive this one.

  • By the way, Tupac thought rapper and enemy Biggie Smalls had a hand in the previous shooting.

  • Some people still think Biggie, a man that was gunned in a way not dissimilar to the

  • way Tupac was killed, was involved in the Las Vegas hit.

  • All will be explained later.

  • Ok, so what happened next?

  • As you know, Knight sped off, tires screeching.

  • Chris Carroll, who was then working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department,

  • said he was on the scene when the car stopped again.

  • He said Knight got out and was running around with blood gushing from his head.

  • Carroll said in an interview years later, “I mean the guy had clearly been hit in

  • the head, but he had all his faculties.

  • I couldn't believe he was running around and doing what he was doing, yelling back and

  • forth.”

  • He said he managed to open Tupac's side and his body just fell out of the car.

  • Carroll, with a gun in his hand, grabbed hold of Tupac.

  • Blood was everywhere.

  • Knight started yelling, “Pac, Pac”, while Carroll thought Tupac was almost dead.

  • For that reason, he tried to get a “dying declarationfrom him so the cops would

  • have an idea about who had shot him.

  • Did Tupac actually see who had pulled the trigger?

  • There had to be a chance.

  • Carroll said this is what happened next: “And then I saw in his face, in his movements,

  • all of a sudden in the snap of a finger, he changed.

  • And he went from struggling to speak, being noncooperative, to an 'I'm at peace' type

  • of thing.

  • Just like that.

  • . . He went from fighting to 'I can't do it.”

  • Carroll said at that moment Tupac looked into his eyes.

  • Carroll looked back at him with a grave expression on his face, thinking Tupac might name the

  • shooter.

  • He asked again, “Who shot you?”

  • Tupac took a breath as if trying to find the energy to get something out, and then he said,

  • “F-you.”

  • After that, he became unconscious.

  • Tupac was taken to the hospital, with another officer on the way failing to get a dying

  • declaration out of him.

  • Nothing.

  • Tupac was out of it.

  • One foot was already in the grave.

  • His girlfriend said that at one point in the hospital he did regain consciousness for a

  • very brief moment, and that was when she played a song calledVincentby Don McLean.

  • She said his eyes seemed to move and he moaned a little bit, but he wasn't able to speak.

  • When she said move your legs if you can hear me, the sheets moved at the end of the bed,

  • but then he was soon convulsing, and the end was near.

  • Not weeks earlier, he'd told her he'd even consider having kids with her, despite

  • the fact he'd said before he didn't want to bring kids into a “corrupt world”.

  • That night he told her, “I'd take a bullet for you.”

  • When they were packing to head to Vegas, she asked him if he wanted to take his bullet-proof

  • jacket.

  • He replied, “No, It'll be too hot.”

  • Had Tupac been able to talk on his death bed, perhaps he might have been able to say a name.

  • Had he not issued that blunt two-letter pronouncement to the cop, maybe he could have uttered something

  • that would have led to an arrest.

  • Alas, he did not.

  • Tupac never spoke again.

  • So, who killed him?

  • Well, the theories over the years have been churned out almost as frequently as rappers

  • have been charged with serious crimes.

  • One thing is for sure, Tupac had enemies, but then, back in those days where beefs were

  • settled with bullets, just about every big name in hip-hop had some seriously violent

  • enemies.

  • An obvious enemy of Tupac that night would be the guy that got beaten up in the lobby.

  • First of all, while Tupac might have told his girlfriend that some dude had just attacked

  • him, the truth is Tupac started the ruckus.

  • Anderson may well have snatched a chain from Lane in the past, but he didn't start that

  • fight.

  • He denied he had anything to do with the shooting, although rumors surfaced that he had bragged

  • about doing it.

  • This he later strenuously denied, telling the Los Angeles Times in an interview that

  • he was actually a big fan of Tupac's.

  • It would turn out that this guy had a lot of different faces.

  • One of the guys there that night was Yaki Kadafi, and he was a witness to the shooting.

  • The police, though, didn't even follow up on this.

  • Pity.

  • This kid was found dead in a stairwell just three months after the Tupac shooting.

  • It was said he was accidentally shot by Roddy Beale, a cousin of a member of one of Tupac's

  • group, Outlawz.

  • The cousin, the rapper Napoleon, later said in an interview that the accident had likely

  • happened because the guys had taken LSD.

  • Still, there are plenty of people that think Kadafi was taken out because of what he had

  • seen.

  • Just to let you know, we are not talking about fully grown adults here.

  • When Tupac was killed he was 25 – and only 23 the first time he was shot.

  • When Kadafi was killed, he was 19.

  • Napoleon was also 19 when it happened, although he didn't die.

  • Biggie Smalls was just 24 when he was killed.

  • There's evidence that the part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex doesn't stop

  • developing until we are 25.

  • This is the part called theexecutive suite”, where rationality comes from, the organic

  • machinery that tells you to calm down and not do something stupid.

  • You could say this had a lot to do with the murder.

  • As for Anderson, he was gunned down in 1998 when he was 23.

  • He'd attempted to get some owed money from another guy, and he shot him.

  • A firefight ensued and Orlando died as a result.

  • So, was this guy Anderson a natural-born killer?

  • His half-brother Pooh didn't think so, saying in an interview about him:

  • Henever caused a problem.

  • One thing about him, he was always involved in positive things.

  • Always, always, always.”

  • He said Anderson wasn't a gangster, nor did he kill Tupac, and was actually just a

  • fan.

  • Still, the Compton cops said Anderson was definitely in a gang, even though he was one

  • of the more quiet ones and actually prettycool.”

  • Another friend of Anderson's said this about him:

  • We all had problems with our parents.

  • Our mothers were on crack and our dads weren't around.

  • Orlando had something I didn't have, and that was family.”

  • He said Anderson didn't do drugs, he didn't smoke, and he wasn't keen on alcohol.

  • He went to school, and unlike most of his friends, he didn't have a criminal record.

  • But then he became known as the guy that shot Tupac, even though his past suggested he was

  • not the kind of person to do such a thing.

  • He even once said, “God is with me.

  • I'm not going to worry about it.

  • I can't spend the rest of my life worrying about Tupac.”

  • It's a complicated story, but police were looking for a reason to lock up Knight, who

  • was the owner of Death Row records.

  • He was considered more of a Godfather-type character than a mere gangbanger.

  • His record label had cops on the payroll, cops who were stealing vast amounts of cocaine

  • and sometimes stashing it in the Death Row offices.

  • We are talking about huge amounts of corruption here.

  • It was part of something called The Rampart Scandal, and that corruption could have affected

  • how police investigated gangland murders.

  • The Rampart Corruption Task Force discovered that quite a few police had been hired to

  • work as security for the Death Row label, earning tons of money and basically being

  • gangsters at the same time they definitely weren't doing their jobs as police officers.

  • It's a theory that corrupt cop Rafaelrez was actually behind the Biggie shooting, with

  • Knight being the one who hired him.

  • Why?

  • Because Knight thought Biggie was behind Tupac's shooting.

  • Ok, we digress, and we understand this is complicated, but we wouldn't be doing the

  • story justice if we don't go down a few bent avenues.

  • So, cops, non-gangster cops, understood that Knight had his fingers in a lot of illegal

  • pies.

  • They wanted to take him down, and so with the CCTV footage from the fight in the MGM

  • Grand lobby, they thought they could put him behind bars.

  • Anderson told the police that Knight had indeed been one of the attackers, but when it was

  • time to say that on the witness stand, he didn't just say that Knight didn't hit

  • him, but that he was actually trying to stop the fight.

  • The judge knew that Anderson was lying, but he didn't know that he'd very likely been

  • paid off by Knight.

  • Knight had done similar things before, once paying a huge bail sum for Tupac's release

  • after he was convicted of sexual assault.

  • When Tupac was a free man he later told Knight over champagne, “I'm gonna make Death

  • Row the biggest label in the whole world.”

  • Back to Anderson.

  • With the cash, he was going to start his own record label, but that didn't happen because

  • he was killed.

  • Two other young men also died that day.

  • By the way, all this happened just days after Anderson had settled out of court with Knight

  • for the damages he suffered when he got the beating.

  • Had he had lived, he would have got $78,000.

  • Now we will introduce you to DuaneKeefe D” Davis, a former Southside Compton Crip

  • who back in the day made millions of dollars selling drugs.

  • He is also the uncle of Orlando Anderson.

  • Davis, who now has cancer and is immune from prosecution, said not long ago it was time

  • to come clean about Tupac's murder.

  • He said he was in the Cadillac that night and so was his nephew, Anderson.

  • He didn't say who pulled the trigger, but said the bullets were fired from the backseat.

  • In separate interviews, he claimed Anderson fired the gun.

  • As the rounds continued flying I ducked down so I wouldn't get hit,” he said.

  • Davis said that driving the car was Terrence “T-BrownBrown and he was beside him

  • also in the front.

  • He claims DeAndreDreSmith and Anderson were in the back.

  • You can't ask Brown about that, because he was shot and killed in 2015 in a Compton

  • medical marijuana shop.

  • You can't ask Smith either, because he died of a heart attack in 2004.

  • Both men were said to be gangbangers.

  • Davis has said that the hit was due to the beating his nephew had taken, which fueled

  • the fire that was already raging between rivalries.

  • He also said that there was a bounty on Tupac's head, one million dollars offered by Sean

  • Puff DaddyCombs, the man whose record label, Bad Boy Records, had Biggie signed

  • to it.

  • James McDonald, who was no stranger to gang violence and once worked security for Knight,

  • confirmed that after that snatch of the chain in Compton, tensions heated between the South

  • Side Crips and the MOB Piru Bloods.

  • He said on the night of the murder he was posted outside Club 662 and he saw a Cadillac

  • whose occupants were South Side Crips.

  • He said as soon as he saw the car he called his brother Anton, who was one of the guys

  • who was involved in the beating.

  • Anton, who was later killed himself in gang violence, was warned that the south side is

  • in Vegas and that something isup”.

  • If you look at this case it seems in all likelihood the shooting was just another part of the

  • so-called Thug Life, with someone basically being shot over a chain and pendant.