The murder of PnB Rock: LA teen and his mother arrested, father still at large

The murder of PnB Rock: LA teen and his mother arrested, father still at large
Rapper PnB Rock was shot dead while he was dining with his girlfriend at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles on September 12, 2022 (Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Rakim Hasheem Allen, also known as PnB Rock, 30, was killed in south Los Angeles while dining at Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles on September 12, 2022, with his girlfriend. The rapper was shot dead and stripped of his jewelry, and the attackers fled the scene. Two weeks later, the police arrested a teenager and a woman in relation to the killing and are now looking for the teenager's father.

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Los Angeles Police Department revealed on Tuesday, September 28, that a 17-year-old male was charged with murder for gunning down the hip hop artist at Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles. He was arrested in Lawndale, California. Shauntel Trone, 32, was arrested in Gardena and charged for being an accessory to the murder of the up-and-coming rapper. Freddie Lee Trone, 40, who is the father of the teen, remains at large. The cops released a photo of Lee Trone to help people identify the accused and also warned that he might be armed and dangerous. "Freddie Lee Trone has been identified as being a person involved in the murder of Rakim Allen. He should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, you are urged to call 911 for immediate assistance," the LAPD said.

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Freddie Lee Trone, the father of the 17-year-old boy who was arrested, is still at large and is a party of interest in rapper PnB Rock's murder. (Los Angeles Police Department)
Freddie Lee Trone, the father of the 17-year-old boy who was arrested, is still at large and is a party of interest in rapper PnB Rock's murder (Los Angeles Police Department)

The arrests were facilitated by Los Angeles Police Department’s LAPD/FBI Taskforce, Operations-South Bureau LAPD/ATF Taskforce, Operations-South Bureau’s Community Safety Unit, and South Bureau Homicide Division. No other information regarding the arrested parties was released. It is believed that Rock became a target of the shooting after his girlfriend posted a picture of the couple on social media, tagging the location, making his potential killers aware that he was not surrounded by any form of security, as per TMZ. The surveillance cameras inside the restaurant may have facilitated the police in apprehending the shooter.

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PnB Rock attends the RHUDE SS22 Runway Show on June 23, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California.
PnB Rock attends the RHUDE SS22 Runway Show on June 23, 2021, in Beverly Hills, California (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

LAPD further explained, "The case against those arrested will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration no later than Thursday, September 29, 2022."

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Originally hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the deceased rapper called Los Angeles his home and managed to push his career to a new height in 2015 after signing with Atlantic Records after uploading his mixtape in 2014. Post his death, his already-hit song 'Selfish' climbed to the top of the charts and ended up becoming his most streamed song in the US on Apple Music on September 15. Known for other songs like ‘Feelins’, ‘Forever Never’, and ‘Lovin’, Rock earned a spot on Rolling Stone's ‘10 New Artists You Need to Know'. 

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