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Police arrest man for the drive-by shooting of Tupac Shakur in 1996
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Police arrest man for the drive-by shooting of Tupac Shakur in 1996

A man has been arrested in relation to the drive-by shooting of Tupac Shakur.

A man has been arrested in relation to the drive-by shooting of Tupac Shakur.

The hip-hop legend was fatally shot on 7 September, 1996 - at the age of 25 years old - in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.

No one has ever been arrested in connection to Shakur's death in the 27 years since the music legend passed, until now.

Early this morning (Friday, 29 September) a man named Duane 'Keffe D' Davis - a member of The South Side Compton Crips - was arrested.

The charge - or charges - he faces were not initially made publicly available, however an update has revealed Davis has been indicted by a grand jury for one count of murder with a deadly weapon, Clark county prosecutor Marc DiGiacomo said in court.

Shakur - considered by many as one of the most influential rappers of all time - was inside a BMW car driven by Death Row Records' Marion 'Suge' Knight when he was shot multiple times.

The car was waiting by a red light when a white Cadillac pulled up next to it. Davis was inside the Cadillac - a fact he publicly admitted himself in an interview for a BET show.

Prior to the shooting, a casino brawl had taken place earlier in the evening involving Shakur and several others.

Shakur was rushed to hospital but died a week later as a result of his injuries.

Earlier this year, police revealed they'd searched a home in connection with Shakur's murder.

Tupac Shakur died in 1996.
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The search warrant was for a house located in the neighbouring city of Henderson, just outside of Las Vegas.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told ABC News that magazine articles about Shakur and his death were among the items seized by police as part of the ongoing homicide investigation.

A mobile phone, several .40-calibre bullets and two 'tbs containing photographs' were also found.

The search was viewed as 'a success' but detectives doubted if

'any of the belongings retrieved could present a direct link between the target of the investigation and the drive-by shooting that killed Tupac along the Strip in 1996,' according to ABC.

It's since been revealed the house belonged to Davis' wife.

Police in Nevada confirmed they have been searching a home in connection with the murder.

When previously asked whether Davis would be arrested, retired Los Angeles police detective Greg Kading - who spent years on the case - told The Associated Press: "It's so long overdue.

"People have been yearning for him to be arrested for a long time. It’s never been unsolved in our minds. It’s been unprosecuted."

In his memoir titled COMPTON STREET LEGEND: Notorious Keffe D’s Street-Level Accounts of Tupac and Biggie Murders, Death Row Origins, Suge Knight, Puffy Combs, and Crooked Cops, Davis - claiming to be one of the 'last living witnesses to the shooting' - said he discussed the shooting of Shakur with federal and local authorities when he was arrested on drugs charges and facing life in prison in 2010.

Davis' book claims: "They promised they would shred the indictment and stop the grand jury if I helped them out."

Topics: Celebrity, US News, Crime, True crime