Duane Keith Davis, famously known as Tupac Shakur, stands accused of a murder charge stemming from a fatal shooting incident during a drive-by in Las Vegas back in 1996.
As per the statement made by Steve Wolfson, the District Attorney for Clark County, Davis has been indicted with murder in an ongoing case that involves the use of lethal weapons and the alleged promotion of a criminal group.
This decision was reached by the Clark County Grand Jury on Thursday, and Davis is anticipated to make a court appearance in the near future.
The celebrated hip-hop icon suffered gunshot wounds on September 7, 1996, in Las Vegas. Tragically, he lost his battle for life six days later while in the hospital, at the tender age of 25.
Addressing the media during a press conference on Friday, Sheriff Kevin McMahill of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department emphasized, “Tupac Shakur’s family has endured a 27-year wait for justice. He mentioned that investigators had spent “countless hours” on the murder case.
Following the news of Tupac’s sister and the Chairwoman of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, Sekyiwa ‘Set’ Shakur’s arrest, she issued a statement on Instagram on Friday, calling “It’s a long-anticipated and profoundly significant moment,” she emphasized, underscoring the need for global recognition, national acknowledgment, a just legal process, and their community’s awareness regarding her brother’s tragic passing.
She further conveyed, “He’s not just my sibling, but the cherished one of my mother and the beloved child of my father.”
Furthermore, she affirmed her family’s unwavering pursuit of justice on behalf of her brother.
“His life and death matter, and it should not remain unresolved or anonymous, so yes, today is a win, but I will keep it secure until all the facts and legal proceedings are complete. Many hands are involved in this, and there is still much to the life and death of my brother Tupac and our Shakur family. We demand real justice on all fronts,” she added.
As per an official search warrant released by law enforcement, Davis asserts that he was present in the vehicle alongside Suge Knight, who served as the Chief Executive Officer of Death Row Records, mere hours prior to the tragic drive-by shooting incident in Las Vegas.
According to reports, a dispute between rival groups from Compton, California – the Mob Piru and South Side Compton Crips – escalated into a “retaliatory drive-by shooting” just hours before Tupac’s death. Lieutenant Jason Johnson.
Tupac, Knight, and members of the Mob Piru group had participated in the MGM Grand brawl involving Mike Tyson, in which members of the South Side Compton Crips were also involved. Davis, the alleged “shooter” for the group, was in Cadillac immediately following the fight.
Johnson stated that Davis planned to retaliate against Suge Knight and Anderson with the intent to obtain a weapon.
Johnson explained that as Tupac was heading to a party at the Black BMW, he stopped near a white Cadillac on the Las Vegas Strip, and “the immediate gunfire began.” Davis, Anderson, along with two additional individuals – Terrence Brown and Deandre Smith – occupied the Cadillac at that particular moment.
Detectives were aware that there were individuals from outside the local area who had been affected by the incident and potential individuals of interest, but the available evidence fell short of establishing grounds for pursuing criminal charges during that period.
To sum it up succinctly, Duane Keith Davis, who also went by the name Tupac Shakur, stands accused of homicide in relation to the 1996 drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. His sister, Sekyiwa ‘Set’ Shakur, has called it a significant moment, seeking justice for her brother’s life and death.
The case has lingered unsolved for numerous years, but there appears to be notable headway in the pursuit of holding those accountable for their actions and ensuring justice is served.
This case remained cold for decades until new information came to light in 2018 – specifically, Duane Davis’s own admission of involvement in the murder investigation, which he provided to various media outlets,” said Johnson.
In July, as an integral facet of the ongoing inquiry into Tupac’s murder, the authorities executed a search at Davis’s residence located in the Las Vegas area.
An authoritative figure within the law enforcement community informed ABC News that Davis was apprehended on Friday morning without any altercation while he was strolling near his residence, where the search operation was carried out.
As part of the police’s search operation, items were seized from Henderson’s domicile, which reportedly encompassed materials related to Tupac and the circumstances surrounding his demise, as conveyed by a law enforcement source to ABC News.
A “Vibe Magazine” page was listed among the items seized in the search warrant.
In response to a public records request by ABC News, approximately 13 hours of body camera footage from the search were released. The video has been edited – it goes black and silent when SWAT team members are on private property, but otherwise, it shows the raid in progress, with Davis – known as Keefe D or Keffe D – talking to the police outside his home.