Orlando Anderson Tupac Shakur

March 9, 2012 by staff 

Orlando Anderson Tupac Shakur, Orlando Tive “Baby Lane” Anderson (August 13, 1974 – May 29, 1998) was an alleged affiliate of the South Side Compton Crips and was a person of interest in the brief investigation of the murder of acclaimed American rapper Tupac Shakur by Compton and Las Vegas police.

Specifically Detective Tim Brennan of Compton filed an affidavit naming him as a suspect, although fans and others have speculated as to Anderson’s involvement since the incident. He was never charged for the murder.

On the night of September 7, 1996 Anderson and Shakur’s entourage were involved in a scuffle at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas just three hours before Shakur’s shooting. These events led to public speculation, but after two days of questioning Anderson in detention the Las Vegas homicide detective Lt. Larry Spinosa told the media, “At this point, Orlando Anderson is not a suspect in the shooting of Tupac Shakur.”

. Later in the investigation, Anderson was named a suspect.

Stories circulated on the street that Anderson had bragged about shooting the rapper, which he denied in an interview for VIBE magazine later. Anderson was caught up in a round up of suspects in Compton almost a month after the shooting, with 21 other alleged gang members.

Anderson was detained and questioned, but not charged. However, the raid was only tangentially connected to the Tupac shooting as Compton police admitted they were investigating local shootings and not the one in Las Vegas. Though both jurisdictions investigated a possible connection between Anderson and the shooting on the Las Vegas strip they were unable to link him directly to the crime, and no criminal charges were ever filed.

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