The Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles in South Central Los Angeles reopened for business 24 hours after rapper PnB Rock bled out on the floor from gunshot wounds.
Police say PnB Rock, real name Rakim Allen, was fatally shot while eating lunch with his girlfriend at the restaurant on Main and W. Manchester Avenue around 1:20 p.m. Monday.
Police say the 30-year-old rapper was approached by a lone gunman who demanded his expensive jewelry.
Words were exchanged and the gunman opened fire before robbing the victim and his girlfriend. The suspect fled the restaurant through a side door and hopped into a waiting vehicle.
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said police are investigating whether the gunman was tipped off to Rock’s location by an Instagram post.
Police said the gunman arrived in a vehicle moments after Rock’s girlfriend, Stephanie Sibounheuang dropped their location in an Instagram photo of her plate of uneaten chicken and waffles.
“While they were eating, at least one suspect approached them with a firearm and demanded the victim’s property,” LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz told reporters at a press conference Tuesday. “At this point there was some sort of verbal exchange, we were not able to obtain audio in the investigation. Then, the suspect shot the victim several times. The victim then fell to the ground and the suspect took some items from the victim.”
A restaurant employee tried to administer aid to the dying rapper.
“I ran in to see what was going on and this dude got shot three times in the chest,” he said. “I start putting pressure on the hole that was closest to where I thought it would kill him. I did the same thing on the chest.”
Rock was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
A week before he passed, Rock spoke with Instagram blogger DJ Akademiks about armed robberies by brazen gunmen in Los Angeles, which is soft on crime.
“It’s so common,” Rock said, before describing a botched robbery attempt for his jewels. “I never got robbed. Ever in my life.”
“I ain’t gonna say never. I don’t like saying ‘never.’ I’m not superstitious, but I haven’t been robbed… I’m not gonna put myself in those situations because I know what happens in those situations,” he said.
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