March 12, 1997
No evidence of link in rapper slayings
By ROBERT MACY
Associated Press Writer
LAS VEGAS (AP) - There is currently no evidence to link the
slayings of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., or to
substantiate rumors that an East Coast-West Coast rivalry may be
behind the killings, a police official said.
"We have no evidence of any link" between the two
killings, Las Vegas Metro Police Lt. Wayne Petersen said
Wednesday. "It's too early in the investigation to know if
there's any link."
Petersen said Homicide Sgt. Kevin Manning, the lead
investigator in the Shakur killing, had talked with Los Angeles
officers by phone regarding the Sept. 7 shooting of Shakur and
Sunday's fatal shooting of Notorious B.I.G.
He declined to say what was discussed.
"I'm not free to comment on their investigation," he
said of Los Angeles police.
Shakur was wounded in a drive-by shooting near the Las Vegas
Strip Sept. 7 and died six days later. Notorious B.I.G., also
know as Christopher Wallace, was killed in a similar incident in
Los Angeles on Sunday.
Petersen called talk of a deadly East Coast-West Coast rivalry
"We have no indication Shakur's murder was in any way
tied to any East Coast-West Coast rivalry," Petersen said.
"We completely discounted early on that his murder was tied
to any East Coast-West Coast rivalry.
"We have a theory as to what happened" in the Shakur
shooting "but we won't elaborate," Petersen said,
noting the investigation is continuing.
Petersen declined to say when police planned to meet with
Frank Alexander, a member of Shakur's entourage who initially
told officers he could not identify the shooter, then later said
he might be able to do so.
Police have said they plan to show Alexander photos of
"We don't need media coverage of our meeting with Frank
Alexander," Petersen said.
Asked if police had been in touch with a second potential
witness, Malcolm Greenridge, Petersen said "not
"It's not any business of the media when we meet with
these two witnesses," Petersen said. "It's an ongoing
investigation. I'm not going to jeopardize their safety by
discussing when and where we're going to meet with them."
Asked if he was concerned about the safety of the two
witnesses, Petersen responded, "Violence is so rampant in
the rap music business that anyone would have to be
Sunday's killing sparked new theories of a bloody East-West
Wallace 24, was affiliated with Bad Boy Entertainment in New
Shakur was affiliated with Death Row Records in Los Angeles.
Shakur had accused Wallace of involvement in a 1994 robbery in
which Shakur was shot several times and lost $40,000 in jewelry.
Wallace denied the allegations.