Akon‘s Konvict Music recording artist Roderick “Dolla” Burton was fatally shot Monday (May 18) afternoon after an altercation took place in a California shopping center.
Dolla was reportedly with another artist when the incident took place.
According to his publicist, Sue Vannasing, she said Dolla was shot in the head around 3:10 p.m. while he and another rapper, DJ Shabbazz, waited in the Beverly Center mall area after shopping. About two hours later, Los Angeles police detained a “person of interest” as he attempted to board a plane out of Los Angeles International Airport. The man allegedly drove his silver Mercedes SUV from Beverly Center to the airport. Vannasing said Dolla had gotten into an altercation with other passengers on a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, but it’s unclear if that was related to the violence. (Sun Sentinel)
Employees around the area have commented on the shooting.
At a Chipotle restaurant in the mall, several people were eating when the shots rang out. “The customers were yelling ‘close the store, close the store, because somebody is shooting,'” said Elsa Hernandez, general manager of the restaurant. An employee who was behind the restaurant, near the mall’s valet parking service, saw the tail end of the dispute, Hernandez said. He saw a lady … shooting a handgun, Hernandez said. (Los Angeles Times)
The murder suspect’s name was revealed shortly afterward.
The suspect goes by the name Aubery Berry. Here’s what went down. Sources say after the shooting, the LAPD put out an alert that the suspect may have fled to the Los Angeles International Airport and the LAX police spotted a man who matched the description, sitting in the lobby area of Terminal 1. Cops approached Berry and almost immediately he said he knew why cops were there and then raised his hands and told them he had a 9 millimeter handgun in his waistband. Berry (we have not confirmed if this is his legal name or an alias) — a 20-year-old African American male — was taken into custody. (TMZ)
The rapper was an established artist associated with Akon‘s Konvict label.
The 21-year-old rapper, born Roderick Anthony Burton II, was signed to Akon’s Konvict imprint through Jive Records. He told Rap-Up about his harsh upbringing in an article that appeared in the magazine last year. He was born into death when his twin died at birth, he witnessed his father commit suicide, his sister is incarcerated, and he had been shot previously. His single, ?Who the F*** Is That?? featuring T-Pain, was released in late 2007. (Rap-Up)
He built connections within the industry amongst hip-hop moguls like Diddy.
Atlanta rapper Dolla played talent shows and showcases as a member of Da Razkalz Cru. They released the 2003 single “So Fly” on the major-label imprint Elektra, but it went nowhere and the band was dropped from the label that same year. In the end, the best thing that would happen to Dolla as he was hanging with Razkalz was meeting both Akon, who was producing for the label, and Diddy, who would take Dolla under his wing not as a rapper, but as a model. (All Music Guide)
No further information has yet been released to the media.
Check out Dolla’ song “Who The F**k Is That” Ft. T-Pain and Tay Dizm.