March 03, 1997
Tupac witnesses' stories conflicting
LAS VEGAS SUN
Metro Police homicide detectives have left messages with two
men who claim they can identify the assailants who murdered rap
and film star Tupac Shakur near the Las Vegas Strip.
It could lead to a break in the case, said homicide Sgt. Kevin
At the same time, Manning said the pair have changed their
stories told to detectives on Sept. 7.
Shakur, 25, was shot three times that night on East Flamingo
Road at Koval Lane. He died six days later at University Medical
Center. Because Shakur lapsed into a coma, police were not able
to interview him.
Marion "Suge" Knight, chief executive officer of
Death Row Records and the driver of a BMW in which Shakur was a
passenger, was grazed in the temple. The 31-year-old Knight made
a U-turn and drove to the Strip at Harmon Avenue, where he was
stopped by bicycle patrol officers.
Malcolm Greenridge, a rap singer in Shakur's backup group, and
Frank Alexander, a former bodyguard for Shakur and a one-time
reservist for the Orange County sheriff's department, told the
Los Angeles Times they could identify the shooters.
But they told police otherwise, Manning said.
When asked if he could identify the shooters, Alexander told
detectives the night of the shooting, "Absolutely not,"
Manning said, describing Alexander's interview as 13 pages long
after it was transcribed. Greenridge's interview was 11 pages
long. Greenridge, he said, answered "Nope" to the same
"They never said they could identify a shooter,"
Manning said. "Nowhere during the taped interview did they
say they could recognize or identify anyone in the vehicle, the
shooter or otherwise."
Manning said it's curious that the pair complained to a Los
Angeles Times reporter that they were harassed by police while
also saying they were never contacted by detectives.
"So which is it?" Manning asked.
Alexander, Greenridge and rapper Tufau Fula were in a car
behind Tupac when the shooting broke out. Alexander, who was
driving, followed Knight's rented BMW to the Strip and Harmon.
When police arrived, officers ordered some members of Shakur's
entourage to drop to the ground until they could assess the
situation. In November, Fula was murdered in New Jersey.
"The L.A. Times is not going to help them find the
killer," Manning said.
He said detectives left a message at Alexander's home
Thursday. Greenridge's number has been disconnected, but
detectives left word through a third party to call Metro homicide
As of today, Manning said, the two have not called detectives.
Homicide Lt. Wayne Petersen said even if the two were to
identify a shooter, defense attorneys would ask them, "How
does your recollection of what happened get better six months
after the event? There are inconsistencies."