‘Dear Mama’ Director Says the ‘Streets Have Always Known’ Who Killed Tupac

Allen Hughes attends the premiere of Dear Mama in Los Angeles. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Allen Hughes, director of FX’s Tupac Shakur documentary series Dear Mama, is sharing his thoughts on the new developments in the investigation into Tupac’s unsolved murder.

On Tuesday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed a search warrant was served at a home in Henderson, Nevada in connection with the case. Although police remained tight-lipped about the investigation.

Responding to news of the warrant in an interview with Extra’s Billy Bush on Wednesday, Hughes said it’s about time authorities pursue new leads.

“My first thought, like everyone, was what took so long? The community and the streets have always known who did it, so this is interesting,” Hughes said, hinting at an ongoing theory surrounding the events that took place in the hours before Shakur was fatally shot in 1996.

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Referring to an incident involving a “beatdown” at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Hughes implied that the man who was beaten was already known to authorities as a dangerous individual with a history of violence.

“The individual that was beat down was a known shooter, a known killer,” Hughes said.

On the night of the shooting, Shakur attended a Mike Tyson boxing match at the MGM Grand.

It has long been known that Shakur and his entourage — which included Death Row Records CEO, Suge Knight, were involved in an altercation with a gang member after leaving the match. Ongoing theories suggest that the altercation may have led to a revenge killing.

After the event, Shakur and Suge Knight were driving to a nightclub in a black BMW when they were ambushed in a drive-by shooting.

During the assault, Tupac Shakur sustained multiple gunshot wounds and subsequently spent six days in a hospital fighting for his life. He died on Sept. 13, 1996. He was 25 years old.