The handgun used to shoot and kill Tupac Shakur turned up in a Compton backyard. The weapon is reported to have been found 19 years ago. However, strangely, no one in the law enforcement seems to know where it is today.
The bombshell information comes from a police document dug up by producers of the A&E docu-series, “Who Killed Tupac?”
According to the document, a 40 caliber Glock was found by a citizen in his backyard in 1998 […] which he reported to police. Compton Police Department records show it was booked as found property on 30 May 1998.
In 2000, L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. took over law enforcement of Compton. About 3,800 confiscated firearms – including that Glock – were transferred to the LASD.
In 2006, Deputy T. Brennan – who’d been working the Notorious B.I.G. murder – was sifting through records. According to the document, he recognised the address where the gun was found as the home of the girlfriend of a prominent Crip member. The person in question is known to have ‘beef’ with Tupac.
The deputy immediately ordered ballistic testing, and the results were a match for the firearm used to kill Tupac.
Many questioned why the weapon was not immediately sent to Las Vegas, where Tupac’s murder was still unsolved. Instead, a federal prosecutor assigned to the case cited concerns the discovery might alert potential conspirators. He then recommended the gun was not to be turned over to Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD).
It’s not spelled out in the document, but it appears the concern might have been about renewed gang violence if it came out a Crip was tied to Tupac’s murder.
Tupac’s brother was floored by the information when he met with Benjamin Crump, the civil rights attorney producing the A&E series.
A&E says it contacted LVPD, and some officers said the gun definitely never got to them. Others said they were unsure.
The final episode of “Who Killed Tupac?” airs on Tuesday 19 December 2017.