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Man arrested in shooting of rapper, Dolla


Last Edited: May 19, 2009, 12:20 pm

Man arrested in shooting of rapper at L.A. mall

Publicist says Atlanta-based Dolla killed at Beverly Center valet stand
The Associated Press
updated 11:30 a.m. ET, Tues., May 19, 2009

LOS ANGELES - Up-and-coming rapper Dolla was killed in a shooting at an upscale shopping mall, and a man was arrested for investigation of murder, police said Tuesday.

Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said the man killed Monday afternoon at the Beverly Center was 21-year-old Roderick Anthony Burton II, the birth name of rapper Dolla.

Police said in a statement Tuesday that 23-year-old Aubrey Louis Berry of Georgia was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport with a gun Monday night. His bail was set at $1 million.

Burton was shot several times in a parking structure at the Beverly Center, and was later declared dead at a hospital, police said.

Burton’s publicist, Sue Vannasing, told the Los Angeles Times that the rapper was waiting at a valet stand after a shopping trip when he was shot.

Police said Berry was found hours later in a ticketing area of Los Angeles International Airport. He was believed to have dropped off a rental car before he was found, said airport police Sgt. Jim Holcomb.

“As the officers approached the suspect, they asked him ‘Do you know why we’re here?”’ Holcomb told The Associated Press. “He put his (hands) up in the air and said, ‘Yes, I’ve got a gun in my waistband. Don’t shoot me.”’

Airport police recovered a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun and turned Berry over to Los Angeles police.

Burton, a protege of hip-hop artist Akon, worked on the soundtrack for the 2006 dance film “Step Up” and recently released two singles with Akon: “Like This” and “She So Fine.”

His MySpace page said he once modeled for Diddy’s Sean John clothing line and was signed to Jive and Elektra record labels. A media contact listed on the MySpace page did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

Burton was working on his second album, “A Dolla and a Dream,” which was due to be released on Akon’s Konvict Muzik label. A song with T-Pain was titled “Who in the (Expletive) Is That?”

On one of his songs, “Rainy Nights,” Burton seemed to foreshadow his own death: “Papa died at 25 so he must have been great, they say the good die young, I guess I’m on my way.”

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truecriticComment by truecritic - May 19, 2009, 12:49 pm
I wish (C)rappers would voluntarily stop, rather than getting gunned down.
TenajComment by Tenaj - May 19, 2009, 3:13 pm
What a terrible thing to happen to someone so young.   God comfort his family.
NBey6Comment by NBey6 - May 19, 2009, 3:13 pm
You got that right, truecritic. I will never understand their nonsense "beefing."
time*treatComment by time*treat - May 20, 2009, 1:34 am
Lots of jealousy in the world, whether of actors, singers, rappers, or lottery winners. I doubt any of them choose to be gunned down.
ICNUMBERSComment by ICNUMBERS - May 20, 2009, 10:20 pm
People are just so weak, this was a baby for crying out loud.

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