No one has ever been arrested for the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur, who was shot four times on Sept. 7, 1996.
Shakur and former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight (pictured together for the last time) were leaving a Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon boxing match at the MGM-Grand Arena in Las Vegas when a white Cadillac pulled near their vehicle and fired at least 13 bullets from a back window, noted Mediaite.com.
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Retired Las Vegas police officer Chris Carroll was the first responder and recently told VegasSeven.com his account of the famous shooting.
After the shooting, a wounded Knight tried to escape by weaving his car through traffic. He blew out two tires, ran a red light and stopped near an intersection with Shakur in the passenger seat.
Carroll, who was part of the police bike patrol unit, happened to see them, jumped off his bike and ran up to the car. Knight approached him while bleeding badly from a bullet that hit the back of his head.
"This guy is huge, and the whole time he’s running around at the scene, he’s gushing blood from his head," recalled Carroll. "Gushing blood! I mean the guy had clearly been hit in the head, but he had all his faculties. I couldn’t believe he was running around and doing what he was doing, yelling back and forth.”
After some effort, Carroll pulled Shakur, who was covered in blood, out of Knight's car.
“So I’m looking at Tupac, and he’s trying to yell back at Suge, and I’m asking him, ‘Who shot you? What happened? Who did it?’ And he was just kind of ignoring me," stated Carroll. "He was making eye contact with me here and there, but he’s trying to yell at Suge. And I kept asking over and over, ‘Who did this? Who shot you?’ And he basically kept ignoring me. And then I saw in his face, in his movements, all of a sudden in the snap of a finger, he changed. And he went from struggling to speak, being non-cooperative, to an ‘I’m at peace’ type of thing. Just like that.
“He went from fighting to ‘I can’t do it.’ And when he made that transition, he looked at me, and he’s looking right in my eyes. And that’s when I looked at him and said one more time, ‘Who shot you?’ He looked at me and he took a breath to get the words out, and he opened his mouth, and I thought I was actually going to get some cooperation. And then the words came out: ‘F--- you.’"
Moments later, an ambulance showed up to take Shakur to a hospital where he was placed on life support and put into an induced coma before he died on Sept. 13.
"I’ve heard all the conspiracy theories that have come out, that Suge had something to do with it," added Carroll. "And I’ll tell you, that didn’t happen. And one reason is: You don’t hire somebody to kill the guy who’s sitting next to you. And second of all: When we were at the scene, and he was yelling at Tupac, it was clear he had legitimate concern for him. It wasn’t acting; you could see it was the heat of the moment. This is not the guy who had him killed; it’s ridiculous.”