April 09, 1997
No leads, lot of skepticism in rapper's death
By ROBERT MACY
Associated Press Writer
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police are generating a wealth of skeptics
but few clues in the shooting death of rap star Tupac Shakur.
"We keep getting tip sheets from 'Unsolved Mysteries,'
and 80 percent of them think he's still alive," Las Vegas
Metro Police Homicide Lt. Wayne Petersen said Wednesday.
"It's amazing what people will believe."
Shakur was shot as he rode in a car near the Las Vegas Strip
Sept. 7. He died six days later at University Medical Center
Police have been stymied in efforts to find the killer, saying
members of the entourage accompanying Shakur provided no clues.
Police were hopeful national exposure of the crime on the
television show "Unsolved Mysteries" might shed some
light on the killing, but have come up empty.
"The viewing public believes he staged his own death, for
whatever reason," Petersen said. "I think it's obvious
what the death has done for his CDs."
Petersen said police have come up with no new leads in recent
weeks. Since Shakur's murder, police have received
"hundreds" of tips and calls are still coming in daily,
California authorities met in late March with two members of
Shakur's entourage, who had said earlier they might be able to
identify the killer.
Police said the two - bodyguard Frank Alexander and rapper
Malcolm Greenridge - failed to shed any new light on the case.
Alexander viewed suspect photographs at an Orange County,
Calif., restaurant, but could not identify the gunman, Manning
Greenridge told Compton, Calif., police that he never saw the
gunman and did not wish to view the photos, Manning said