Suspect identified in fatal PnB Rock Roscoe shooting

LAPD are looking for a man they describe as ‘armed and dangerous’ in connection with the murder of PnB Rock, who was fatally shot two weeks ago at Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles in South LA

Investigators released a photograph of Freddie Lee Trone on Wednesday. Authorities say Trone was involved in the rapper’s murder, which occurred during a robbery inside the Manchester Avenue restaurant on September 12.

Detectives chose to release Trone’s image after he evaded efforts on Tuesday to arrest him, according to law enforcement sources.

The shooter who killed PnB Rock demanded jewelry and other valuables before getting into a fight with the rapper and opening fire, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said.

Moore said the shooting happened shortly after the rapper was identified online as being at the restaurant, and police are investigating whether that was what prompted the attack. Police say such social media crimes are rare. But Moore said he was concerned about the proliferation of guns on the streets used by thieves targeting victims for high-end jewelry.

Rock, 30, whose real name was Rakim Allen, was at the restaurant with his girlfriend, who posted a geotagged photo in a since-deleted Instagram post. The shooting has reignited discussion about the dangers of real-time use of social media by celebrities who post about their locations and luxury goods.

The killing has sparked sadness and outrage among fans as well as community activists, who say the violence at a popular restaurant is unacceptable.

“I want to see the community heal. There needs to be a more overarching strategy to make it clear that taking material objects like an expensive watch isn’t worth more than a life,” said Skipp Townsend, a longtime gang responder in Los Angeles.

He pointed out that the shooter could have killed so many people in the lunch crowd.

“It happened while he was having dinner, and it’s really tragic,” Townsend said. “Arrests don’t stop the violence. Arrests do not end families. We need to develop a long-term strategy that prevents someone from contemplating such acts.


Los Angeles Times

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