Rapper PnB Rock Gunned Down Inside South LA Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles

Rapper PnB Rock (Credit: Shutterstock)

Rapper PnB Rock was fatally shot Monday afternoon at a Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles restaurant in South Los Angeles.

The shooting happened just after 1 p.m. at the Roscoe’s location in the 100 block of W. Manchester Ave, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officer Jeff Lee in LAPD media relations told Urban Hollywood 411 the shooting occurred during a robbery. However, Lee would not identify the male victim.

Both the Los Angeles Times and TMZ reported the person killed was Philadelphia rapper PnB Rock, real name Rakim Hasheem Allen.

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Allen, 30, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The suspect escaped moments after the shooting and remained on the run as of Monday night, police said. Investigators plan to use surveillance footage from inside the restaurant and nearby businesses to locate the gunman.

Some of Allen’s fans took to Twitter after the shooting to say the rapper was dining with his girlfriend at the time and she posted a location-tagged photo on Instagram shortly before the violence unfolded. The post has since been deleted.

Disturbing video uploaded to social media showed Allen lying on the floor of the restaurant in a pool of blood.  Bystanders, restaurant employees and a uniformed security guard tended to the victim before first responders arrived. The person who recorded the footage included a caption saying: “a robbery turned badly in front of us.”

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Allen was born in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia in December 1991. He released his first mixtape in 2014, and was signed to a deal with Atlantic Records.

The rapper was best known for his 2015 single “Fleek” and the 2016 track “Selfish,” which climbed to No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has over 56 million views on YouTube. He was also featured on Ed Sheeran’s single “Cross Me” along with Chance the Rapper.

Allen’s death came just three weeks after Georgia rapper Quando Rondo was involved in a fatal shooting near the Beverly Center shopping mall in Los Angeles.

On the evening of Friday, Aug. 19, a gunman opened fire on Quando Rondo and a male associate after they pulled into a gas station to fuel up the Escalade they were riding in. The rapper’s associate was killed.