Authorities may be one step closer to cracking one of the most notorious unsolved mysteries thanks to a report revealing that the gun used to kill Tupac Shakur in a 1996 drive-by shooting turned up two years later in a Los Angeles County resident’s backyard.
Tupac was fatally shot on September 7, 1996, in Las Vegas by an unknown number of assailants, who pulled up next to his vehicle in a white four-door Cadillac and opened fire. While numerous theories have emerged over the years – including some that blame the Crips and others a police cover-up – the case quickly went cold.
Fast forward to today: a police document obtained by producers of the A&E series “Who Killed Tupac?” has revealed that investigators were made aware that the murder weapon was found in a backyard in Compton in 1998, TMZ reported.
A citizen came across the .40 caliber Glock and turned it into police, with Compton police officers booking the gun as found property on May 30, 1998. Two years later, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department was given jurisdiction over Compton and over 3,800 firearms that Compton PD had confiscated were handed over to them.
It wasn’t until 2006 that Deputy T. Brennan, who was also investigating the murder of Notorious B.I.G., realized that the gun was found at the home of a Crip member’s girlfriend, known enemies of Tupac. Ballistic testing confirmed that the firearm was indeed the one that had been used to kill Tupac.
Instead of turning the gun over to Las Vegas Police Department, though, the gun remained in the possession of LASD after a federal prosecutor raised concerns that the gun’s discovery could spark gang violence and alert perpetrators that police were on their trail.
Today, the whereabouts of the gun remain unknown – a bizarre happening that will certainly stoke conspiracy theories involving a police cover-up.