Suge Knight Killed Tupac, Updates

January 7, 2011 by Post Team 

Suge Knight Killed Tupac, (CNN) – In the late 90s, two of Shakur’s biggest hip-hop star Tupac and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, Notorious BIG) were killed six months apart in eerily similar fashion.

According to witnesses, two were passengers in vehicles stopped at busy intersections, but police never received solid leads to the arrest of a suspect for one of the shootings apparently targeted.

On September 7, 1996, Marion “Suge” Knight, then head of Death Row Records, Tupac Shakur was carried out, his multi-platinum artist, at a party in Las Vegas after attending the Mike Tyson-Bruce Sheldon boxing match. Their security team has been in separate vehicles. While stopped at a busy intersection just off the Las Vegas Strip, witnesses say a white Cadillac pulled alongside and a gunman in the back seat fired multiple bullets from a semiautomatic pistol Knight in the vehicle.

Shakur with bleeding in the passenger seat, Mr. Knight made a U-turn, driving on a median of the street, and finally coming to a stop further blocks.

Las Vegas police bicycle nearby, which heard the shooting, followed by vehicle Knight. The white Cadillac sped away.

Cathy Scott, who was one of the first journalists on the scene and author of “The killing of Tupac Shakur,” told CNN done to secure the scene of the shooting and interview witnesses immediately condemned the investigation. Las Vegas police said witnesses were not forthcoming with details.

There are several possible reasons for the murder.

One theory is that the shooting was recovered for a fight caught on video surveillance casino three hours before the shooting. The man who was beaten that night, Orlando Anderson, told CNN a year later he had nothing to do with the crime. Eight months after this interview, Anderson was killed in what police described as a gang shoot-out in Los Angeles.

Another theory focuses on the “gangsta” lifestyle of the hip hop world at the time and advertising on the coast between East and West Coast rap war Knight Records Death Row in Los Angeles and Bad Boy Entertainment in New York, who represented the rapper Biggie Smalls. Shakur and Smalls was involved in the game through their music.

Six months after the shooting of Shakur, Smalls came to California to promote his upcoming album “Life After Death” and said in a radio station in San Francisco that he wanted to “squash” rumors of the battle of East Coast- West Coast.
Four days later, March 9, 1997, on leaving some of the music industry at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Smalls was gunned down. The Los Angeles police said one of the gunmen pulled alongside only the fire and opened the commuter Smalls, who was on the passenger seat.

The main theory behind Smalls’ shooting: recovery for the murder of Shakur six months earlier.

Retired LAPD Detective Russell Poole, who worked on the Smalls case, told CNN he believes that Suge Knight was behind the murder, even if the Death Row Records boss serving time on a violation of probation at the time.

“Suge Knight has ordered the strike,” Poole said, adding that he believes he was held by Reggie Wright Jr., who headed security for Death Row Records.

Poole goes further, saying he believes Knight was behind the murder of Tupac Shakur as well. Poole said Shakur’s bodyguards told him that the rapper plans to sever ties with Death Row Records Knight could have cost the company millions of dollars.

“This theory has yet to add,” said Scott, who wrote “The killing of Tupac Shakur,” noting that Knight was sitting in the seat beside the driver’s rapper. “Open fire on my car, but try not to hit me?”

Reggie Wright Jr. told CNN he had nothing to do with either murder, and Suge Knight has repeatedly said he had nothing to do with the crime.

But two months after the murder of Shakur, Knight spoke to ABC News and a quote seems to follow the old record company executive: “If you knew who killed Tupac, would you tell the police?” Regarding Knight replied: “Absolutely not. It’s not my job. I’m not paid to solve homicides. I’m not paid to tell people.”

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