Notorious BIG was sitting in the passenger seat of his Chevrolet Suburban when another car pulled up beside him at a stoplight not far from the Peterson Automotive Museum where he had just left a party. BIG’s SUV idled at the light when the driver of the other vehicle opened fire on the vehicle. The 24-year-old rap star was shot four times. He was taken to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was pronounced dead around 1 a.m. on March 9, 1997, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The fatal shot hit Notorious BIG in the hip and tore through his liver, lung, and heart. The shooting was investigated by several detectives at the Los Angeles Police Department. There have been lawsuits, books, and endless allegations, yet the 20-year-old murder of the rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, remains unsolved.
Notorious BIG’s murder came just six months after his rap rival Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in Los Vegas. Despite no evidence connecting the two murders, they will forever be entwined by conspiracy theories. Tupac Shakur’s murder remains unsolved as well, reports E! Online.
Officials who investigated Notorious BIG’s slaying believe that the culprits were gangsters that are long gone. Their identity and motivation still remains a mystery.
Kevin McClure, a retired police officer who oversaw the investigation into the rapper’s death says that he believes the shooter is dead so he cannot be asked who paid him to kill the rapper.
McClure closed down the task force investigating Notorious BIG.’s killing in 2010 because it was only “spinning its wheels.”
The case has been passed down to Daryn Dupree a detective with the elite Robbery Homicide Division that ends up with many of L.A.’s legendary unsolved cases. Dupree was one of the investigators on the Grim Sleeper serial killer case. Dupree says the rapper’s slaying is an open case.
Notorious BIG’s murder created an industry of books, magazine articles, and documentaries as well as conspiracy theories. A couple of movies on the rapper’s life and death are also reportedly in the works.
One of the conspiracy theories that refuses to go away is the theory by a now-deceased LAPD detective, who believed that dirty cops, who were connected to the Rampart corruption scandal were responsible for the rapper’s murder, reports the News Observer.
Notorious BIG’s mother, Violetta Wallace, and other relatives filed a wrongful death suit against the city. The family alleged that David A. Mack, an ex-LAPD officer conspired with Marion “Suge” Knight, the owner of Death Row Records, to have Wallace killed. Knight and Mack have denied the allegations and the family dropped the lawsuit in 2010.
By Tammy Marie Rose