Philadelphia rapper PnB Rock was robbed and shot to death at popular Los Angeles restaurant Roscoe’s House of Chicken’ N Waffles on Sept. 12. The 30-year-old was shot in front of his influencer girlfriend, Stephanie Sibounheuang, who reportedly posted their location in real-time on social media.
The unknown suspect entered the eatery located in South Central L.A., then pulled out a gun and demanded PnB’s property before shooting several times, according to local police. A graphic video of the aftermath of the shooting shows the artist alive but severely injured. He was pronounced dead soon after. No one else was injured by the multiple shots fired in the restaurant, according to KTLA.
PnB Rock, whose real name is Rakim Hasheem Allen, was known for his hit “Selfish,” which was released in 2016, and for the single “Fleek.” His latest single, “Luv Me Again,” was released on Sept. 2, and was his first independent release. He grew up in Philadelphia’s Germantown section and his artist name, PnB, was an acronym for the intersection of Pastorius and Baynton streets.
Sibounheuang, who shares a 2-year-old daughter with PnB, shared the couple’s location in a since-deleted Instagram Story –– which was shared online by fans –– a video of her meal at the restaurant shortly before the shooting.
A soul food restaurant chain, Roscoe’s House of Chicken’ N Waffles has seven locations in the Los Angeles metro area.
His killing comes amid a rash of robberies across Los Angeles, during which thieves target victims for their high-priced watches, jewelry, and handbags, People reported.
L.A. street gangs have been robbing wealthy residents using strong-arm tactics, police said. They are also using “spotters” who alert gang members to the locations of potential victims. The spotters track people wearing high-end jewelry or driving expensive cars
“In my 34 years in the LAPD, I have never seen this type of [coordinated] criminal behavior,” Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Jonathan Tippet, leader of a “follow-home robbery” task force, told The New York Post. “We have seen countless individuals traumatized by having a gun pointed at them.”
PnB Rock performs at the 2018 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del., June 16, 2018. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)