American Rapper PnB Rock was fatally shot during a robbery at a South Los Angeles restaurant where police believe a post on social media likely gave away his location.
The Philadelphia artist, whose real name is Rakim Allen, was gunned down at a Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles restaurant while eating with his girlfriend.
According to Los Angeles police a person approached their table and demanded items, before opening fire and striking the rapper multiple times.
Rock’s girlfriend had posted the location and tagged the rapper in an Instagram post that has since been deleted.
Detectives are investigating whether the post prompted the attack, LA Police Chief Michel Moore told the Los Angeles Times.
He “was with his family — with his girlfriend or some kind of friend of his — and as they’re there, enjoying a simple meal, (he) was brutally attacked by an individual who apparently (came) to the location after a social media posting,” Mr Moore said.
The assailant took some items from the victim and fled in a car that was waiting in the parking lot, said Officer Jeff Lee, a police spokesperson.
No one else was injured in the shooting and the victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police were still searching for the shooter.
PnB Rock stood out for his rap-crooner R&B style.
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The Philadelphia native was best known for his 2016 hit Selfish, making guest appearances on other songs including YFN Lucci’s Everyday We Lit, Ed Sheeran’s Cross Me with Chance the Rapper and XXXTentacion’s Bad Vibes Forever, featuring Trippie Redd.
He released his latest song, Luv Me Again, on September 2.
He had spoken about the gang culture in Los Angeles and how robberies of rappers were becoming common in the city in a recent interview, calling criminals “bold”.
At the time he told a story about a group of people who had followed him, his girlfriend and his child.
The rapper released a series of mixtapes before his two albums Catch These Vibes in 2017 and Trapstar Turnt Popstar in 2019 through Atlantic Records.
His stage name derives from a street corner called Pastorius and Baynton, an area where he grew up in the Philadelphia neighbourhood of Germantown.
PnB Rock’s label called the death a “senseless loss” in a post on Instagram.
Atlantic Records said PnB Rock was 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.”