Suspect detained in Dolla shooting death

May 19th, 2009 - 2:11 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

Dolla Los Angeles police are questioning a man found armed at Los Angeles International Airport over the shooting of rap artist Dolla at a Beverly Hills shopping mall Monday afternoon.

Dolla, whose real name is Roderick Anthony Burton II, was shot in the head and killed while standing at a valet stand with fellow rapper, D J Shabbazz at the Beverly Center near West Hollywood and Beverly Hills when an argument broke out between another group of people. It is not known what the argument was about.

Los Angeles Airport police spokesman Sergeant Jim Holcomb said a 20-year-old man apprehended with a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun was detained at the airport and remained in custody late Monday after being handed over to Los Angeles police.

The man, whose name has not been released, is believed to have dropped off a rental car near the airport before he was found sitting in the ticketing area.

Holcomb said, “as the officers approached the suspect, they asked him ‘Do you know why we’re here?’”

“He put his [hands] up in the air and said, ‘Yes, I’ve got a gun in my waistband. Don’t shoot me.’”

The 21-year-old rapper is best known for his hit tunes Who The F**k Is That and Feelin Myself. At the time of his death he had been working on his second album A Dolla And A Dream.

Dolla worked on the soundtrack for the 2006 dance film Step Up and recently released two singles with Konvict Muzik label boss Akon, Like This and She So Fine.”

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