The gun used to murder Tupac was found in 1998, but what did the cops do with it?
According to a new report, the gun used to kill rapper Tupac in a 1996 drive-by shooting in Las Vegas secretly surfaced 19 years ago in a Los Angeles County backyard. But it's current location is a mystery.
A new groundbreaking police document has suddenly put the spotlight on the cold-case investigation of Tupac Shakur's murder. According to the new report, the gun used in the drive-by shooting that killed the rapper surfaced 19 years ago in a backyard in Compton, California, but has now gone strangely missing.
According to a recent report by TMZ, an unidentified man found the .40-caliber Glock on his property in 1998 and alerted police. The source for the bold claim is a police document that was dug up during the filming of the new documentary-series Who Killed Tupac?.
But to add to the already mysterious death of the rap star, investigators say the gun has strangely gone missing ever since. Compton Police Department records indeed show the firearm was booked on May 30, 1998, but no mention of Tupac Shakur was made in the reports back then.
In 2000, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department took over law enforcement of Compton, and 3,800 confiscated firearms—including that Glock—were transferred from the Compton cops to the LASD.
Four years later, in 2006, when Deputy T Brennan working on the unsolved 1997 murder of Notorious B.I.G. in Los Angeles, he discovered that the Compton address where the gun was found belonged to the girlfriend of a prominent member of 'the Crips' gang.
Both Notorious B.I.G aka Biggie Smalls and Tupac were embroiled in the infamous East Coast-West Coast hip hop feud of the 90s. Both the rappers were shot dead in violent drive-by shootings, just six months apart—first Tupac in 1996 and then Biggie in 1997. The word on the street was that the shooting was carried out by a Compton gang called the Southside Crips to avenge the beating of one of its members.
Fast forward to 2006, when Deputy Brennan ordered ballistic testing of the alleged murder weapon, and bam — the results were a match for the firearm used to kill Tupac. But the weapon wasn't sent to investigators in Vegas. The reason?
A federal prosecutor assigned to the case cited concerns that the discovery might alert potential conspirators and recommended the gun NOT be turned over to Las Vegas Police Department. TMZ suggests that it was also possible that law enforcement feared flare-ups in gang violence between the Bloods and the Crips if the gun was indeed tied to a member of the Southside Crips.
So the guns still remains missing and where it is today is anybody’s guess. When Tupac’s brother, Mopreme Shakur met the producers of the A&E documentary-series Who Killed Tupac?, he was stunned. In a clip from the final episode of the show, Mopreme says he was never told investigators found the gun.
When the makers of the show contacted the Las Vegas Police Department, some officers said the gun definitely never got to them, while others said they were unsure. Either way, one thing is for sure—a key piece of evidence from the murder investigation of Tupac Shakur, which was successfully found once, now remains missing again.
The final episode of Who Killed Tupac? airs Tuesday night.
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