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Rapper PnB Rock fatally shot in Los Angeles restaurant

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30-year-old rapper PnB rock has died after being shot during a robbery at Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles in Los Angeles. A suspect entered the restaurant with a firearm and demanded items from the rapper before shooting him and fleeing. Rock, whose real name is Rakim Hasheem Allen, was brought to a local hospital and later pronounced dead. "This news is heavy on our hearts and we are all hurting over this senseless loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time," Atlantic Records said in a statement. He is best known for his 2016 single Selfish as well as his 2019 album TrapStar Turnt PopStar which reached number one on the Billboard rap chart. Throughout his career, Rock collaborated with several well-known artists, including Nicki Minaj, Swae Lee, 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa. The day before the incident, the rapper was at a wedding with his partner Stephanie Sibounheuang. He is survived by their 2-year-old daughter Zuri and his daughter Milan from a previous relationship.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Philadelphia rapper PnB Rock was fatally shot during a robbery in South Los Angeles, according to police and his representatives.

The rapper, whose real name is Rakim Allen, was eating inside a Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles restaurant with his girlfriend Monday afternoon when a suspect approached their table, media reports said.

PnB Rock is best known for his 2016 hit "Selfish." He released his latest song, "Luv Me Again," on Sept. 2.

Los Angeles-Rapper Fatally Shot

FILE - Philadelphia rapper PnB Rock performs at the 2018 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del., on June 16, 2018. 

Los Angeles police confirmed details of the shooting, which occurred around 1:15 p.m., but would not identify PnB Rock as the victim and referred reporters to the coroner's office, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

PnB Rock's label, Atlantic Records, confirmed his death Tuesday morning, calling it a "senseless loss" in a post on Instagram. The statement was confirmed by a representative for the rapper.

TMZ first reported the shooting. A graphic video reportedly taken at the scene shows PnB Rock laying in a pool of blood on the restaurant's floor.

Atlantic Records called PnB Rock a great friend and a "wonderful father to two beautiful little girls."

Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles offered the company's condolences to the Allen family.

"The safety of our employees and guests are our utmost priority," the restaurant posted on Facebook. "We have and will continue to keep our place of business as safe as possible."

Officer Jeff Lee, an LAPD spokesperson, said the suspect brandished a gun and demanded items from the victim. A verbal exchange ended when the suspect opened fire, striking the rapper multiple times.

The suspect took some items from the victim and fled in a car that had been waiting in the parking lot, Lee said. No one else was injured in the shooting and the victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.


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