South Los Angeles (KABC) — A 17-year-old boy and his stepmother have been arrested in connection with the murder of rapper PNB Rock, who was fatally shot at Roscoe’s Chicken earlier this month. and Waffles restaurant in South Los Angeles, Eyewitness News has learned.
A third suspect in the killing remains at large, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which released his name Wednesday and described him as “armed and dangerous.” A source told Eyewitness News that the adult male suspect, Freddie Lee Trone, is the father of the teenager in custody.
The LAPD said in a statement that the 17-year-old, who was arrested in the South Bay neighborhood of Lawndale, was booked on suspicion of murder.
The boy’s stepmother has been identified by police as 32-year-old Shawntell Troon. She was detained at Gardena and booked on suspicion of being an accessory to murder.
Rakim Hashim Allen, born PNB Rock, was shot dead in a restaurant on September 12.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, a suspect entered the restaurant and approached the rapper as he was dining with his girlfriend — who had already posted a photo of their meal and their location on Instagram.
Investigators say the gunman shot him and stole some of his property and demanded property from the rapper’s girlfriend before getting out of the getaway car.
The victim was taken to a local hospital and later pronounced dead.
Anyone with information on Trone’s whereabouts is urged to call LAPD homicide detectives at (323) 786-5146.
The 30-year-old PnB rocker was known for his singles “Fleak” and “Selfish.”
Originally from Philadelphia, he was most recently based in Los Angeles. He has 2.5 million followers on Instagram.
After his death, fans gathered near the restaurant to mourn the popular musician.
“His music was great,” said fan Sheldon Thompson. “He didn’t rap about the wrong things. He rapped about the right things. And he had a bright future ahead of him. It’s heartbreaking to hear that he didn’t live up to it.”
Some fans even suggested that he may have been deliberately targeted after posting his location on social media. Detectives are investigating if this is the case.
“If you’re famous you know not to post your location anywhere,” said a fan of Aremesha Rivers. “I really think there’s a lot of setup going on.”
The case against those arrested will be presented to the LA County District Attorney’s Office for consideration by Thursday, the LAPD said.
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