“Who Shot You?”: 25 years later, no conclusion in “Notorious BIG” murder

Notorious BIG, who won awards for Rap Artist and Rap Single of the Year, clings to his awards on the podium in this December 6, 1995 file photo during the annual Billboard Music Awards in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)

(KTLA) — As of Wednesday, it will be 25 years since rapper Notorious BIG was fatally shot in Los Angeles, and in the quarter century since then, identifying the perpetrators has proven elusive.

Brooklyn native Christopher Wallace was leaving a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in the early hours of March 9, 1997 when a car pulled up next to him and opened fire.

The rapper, also known as Biggie Smalls, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds at the age of 24.

To this day, the legacy of Biggie Smalls – whose hits include “Juicy,” “Big Poppa” and “Who Shot Ya” – lives on, as does his feud with Tupac Shakur, who was fatally shot in Las Vegas the year before his murder also remains unclear.

Allegations have been leveled against music industry figures, gang members and even Los Angeles police officers, but no one has been convicted.

However, retired FBI agent Phil Carson denies that the truth has not been found.

“It’s solved,” he said. “The LAPD even states in its own internal affairs documents, which are sealed, who was involved and who helped stage the murder.”

According to those documents, Marion “Suge” Knight, the famed music executive who founded Death Row Records, used LAPD officers and an officers friend to kill the rapper in revenge for the murder of Shakur, who was under contract on death row.

In an email, an LAPD spokesman said the case was still open and declined to comment.

The officers accused of involvement are Rafael Perez and David Mack, who were later implicated in the LAPD’s Rampart scandal, Carson said.

Carson claims Mack’s friend Amir Muhammad was the one who pulled the trigger. He said there was evidence all three men were at the Petersen Automotive Museum on the night of the fatal shooting.

After the Rampart scandal and Rodney King’s caning and subsequent lawsuits, the LAPD decided to protect its finances and reputation, and in doing so, protect those officers, Carson claims.

In the years since the murder, Mack and Knight have both served time in prison, Mack for robbery and Knight for a fatal hit-and-run in 2015.

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