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Rapper PnB Rock killed after being shot multiple times at Los Angeles restaurant

PnB Rock, 30, was at a Roscoe’s House of Chicken 'N Waffles when he was fatally shot, police said.
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LOS ANGELES — Rapper PnB Rock was fatally shot in a robbery Monday, authorities said.

The musician, 30, whose real name is Rakim Hasheem Allen, was shot multiple times at Roscoe’s House of Chicken 'N Waffles in South Los Angeles.

He was approached by and argued with the shooter Monday afternoon at the restaurant, which is about 4.5 miles from SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, law enforcement officials said.

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PnB Rock performs at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Oct. 28, 2016.Owen Sweeney / Invision/AP file

The shooter robbed PnB Rock, making off with multiple items, the officials said. The shooter fled in a vehicle; it is not clear whether the person was behind the wheel, they said.

PnB Rock's label, Atlantic Records, confirmed his death Tuesday, saying in a statement on Instagram: "This news is heavy on our hearts and we are all hurting over this senseless loss.

"PnB Rock was more than an artist. To many, Rakim Allen was a great friend. He was also a wonderful father to two beautiful little girls," the label said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time," it said.

Earlier, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nick Prange said rescuers responded to a shooting at the restaurant at about 1:20 p.m.

The victim, whom Prange identified only as a man about 30 years old, was hospitalized in unknown condition, he said. Los Angeles police spokesman Jeff Lee later confirmed that the victim had died at a hospital.

"It's a homicide," he said.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement that he was "saddened by the passing" of the rapper, who he said died "due to a senseless act of gun violence."

"PnB Rock was a star in the industry," he said. "Sending our condolences to his friends and family during this time."

PnB Rock's most recent Twitter post included a video of him smoking inside a vehicle and a woman driving. He flashed a white, jewel-encrusted watch in the post, which was published Monday afternoon.

Police could not confirm what items were taken in the robbery.

The attack follows a string of high-profile jewelry robberies in the Los Angeles area since 2021, including the brazen theft of a $500,000 watch in Beverly Hills.

PnB Rock had been recording since at least 2015. In recent years he had expressed some unhappiness with his record deal.

Billboard reported that he performed on eight songs that have reached its Hot 100 singles chart, including "Dangerous" in 2018 with Meek Mill and Jeremih.

The next year he released his sophomore album, "TrapStar Turnt PopStar," on Atlantic.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that he grew up in the Germantown neighborhood and got his name, PnB, from the intersection of Pastorius and Baynton streets.

The newspaper said the rapper's father and uncle were killed when he was a child. At 19, he was sent to prison for drug-related convictions, The Inquirer reported.

The time behind bars exposed him to a number of inmates making beats and creating melodies, PnB Rock told the newspaper.