Rapper Half Ounce fatally shot within the newest slaying of a musician in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The town already had a infamous historical past for rappers, and within the final month at the very least two extra artists have been slain right here.

Latauriisha O’Brien, 32, who carried out underneath the title “Half Ounce,” was discovered fatally shot late Monday, police and his household mentioned, the newest of a number of rap notables who’ve been killed in Los Angeles prior to now two years.

Los Angeles police mentioned officers responded to a number of calls of photographs fired round 11:30 a.m. within the Koreatown neighborhood and located a person who had fatally shot in entrance of an condo constructing.

The slain man’s household confirmed to NBC Los Angeles that the individual killed was O’Brien, a father of three who labored at UPS whereas he attended faculty.

The Los Angeles County medical expert’s workplace additionally confirmed that O’Brien was the sufferer. An examination was pending Tuesday, an workplace spokesperson mentioned.

Police officers mentioned that the investigation was in its early phases and {that a} motive was unknown. Investigators are on the lookout for a person sporting darkish clothes who fled south from the crime scene on New Hampshire Avenue in a darkish SUV.

Monday’s killing occurred three weeks after rapper PnB Rock was shot and killed in a botched theft at Roscoe’s Hen ’N Waffles in South Los Angeles. Three folks, together with a 17-year-old and his father, have been arrested and charged within the Sept. 12 killing.

In December, rapper Drakeo the Ruler, whose actual title was Darrell Caldwell, died after he was stabbed throughout a combat behind the primary stage at Banc of California Stadium through the As soon as Upon a Time in LA music competition.

Brooklyn, New York, rapper Pop Smoke, whose actual title was Bashar Barakah Jackson, was shot and killed in a reported residence invasion in Los Angeles on Feb. 19, 2020, whereas he was in Los Angeles on a enterprise journey.

4 folks, two of them juveniles, have been charged in that case.

In March 2019, Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed outdoors his South Los Angeles clothes retailer. In July, Eric R. Holder Jr. was discovered responsible of first-degree homicide in Hussle’s slaying.

It has been 25 years because the rapper often called Infamous B.I.G. and Biggie Smalls was gunned down in a car-to-car capturing March 9, 1997.

The capturing of the rapper, whose actual title was Christopher Wallace, has by no means been solved.

It occurred following a celebration on the Petersen Auto Museum within the Mid Metropolis neighborhood of Los Angeles in what’s believed to have been the crescendo of a constructing feud between East Coast and West Coast rap artists.

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