Exactly how it started is unknown, but the incident was recorded on the hotel cameras. It was broken up by security guards. Tupac and company left, and Anderson declined to follow through with any charges against the group. Tupac and his crew then headed one block south to the Luxor Hotel. Tupac was sharing a room with Quincy
Jones's daughter, Kidada. After changing his clothes, he and the rest of the crew headed to Suge
Knight's house in the Paradise Alley Township of Las Vegas.
Kidada stayed behind at the hotel. Tupac was wearing a black and white basketball tank top, with baggy blue jeans and black and white leather sports shoes. Around his neck, on a heavy gold chain, he wore a large gold medallion.
Tupac was going to perform with the rap group Run DMC, and Mike Tyson was planning to stop in as well, to sing along with the group (kidding). Tupac was riding in the passenger seat of a black 1996 750 BMW sedan, with Knight driving, and four cars following them. They headed out on the Las Vegas Strip. At 11:05, Knight was stopped on the south end of the Strip by a bicycle cop for playing his music too loudly, and for not having license plates displayed on the BMW. While the car was stopped, a photographer took a picture. It would be the last picture taken of Tupac alive.
After talking with the police officer and opening his car trunk, Knight was let go without getting a ticket. The entourage then made a left on to Flamingo Road, drove past the Bally's hotel-casino,
and headed towards Club 662 two miles away.
Knight's car was boxed in by cars in front and back of him. To the left of the BMW was a Chrysler sedan with four young black women inside. They smiled at Knight and Shakur, and the two men smiled back. Then a white late model Cadillac pulled up to the right of the BMW. In it were three or four men. One man stuck a handgun out from the left rear window, and fired thirteen bullets into the BMW. Five bullets pierced the passenger door. Tupac tried to get into the back seat, but he was wearing his seat belt. He was hit three times, once in his chest, another in his right hip, and the third in his right hand. Knight was hit in the back of his neck. Two of the BMW's tires were shot out. The Cadillac then made a right turn onto Koval Lane and took off.
Hearing the gunshots, police arrived at the scene.
Knight then decided to drive Tupac to the hospital. Trying to drive through heavy traffic on the Strip, his car hit the median, and caused a third tire to go flat, forcing the car to stop. The police arrived, and paramedics were called. Suge and Tupac were taken to University Medical Center, a county hospital nearby.
Tupac said over and over, "I can't breathe, I can't breathe." As the ambulance got ready to leave, Tupac said,
"I'm dyin, man." At the hospital, he was placed on life support, and underwent three surgeries to try and stop internal bleeding. The second time, his right lung was
removed. For six days he was in a drug-induced coma with visitors such as MC Hammer, Mike Tyson, Jasmine Guy, and the Reverend Al Sharpton coming to see him.
Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, had flown in from Atlanta the day after the shooting.
(12-05) Okay, interrupting
here for a moment - I have never received more vile emails than the ones for the
above joke. JOKE. Jay Oh Kay EE. Because I think Jim Carrey sucks,
does not mean I hate blacks, which is some creative thinking to come up with
that shit. I won't remove it, as I'm an equal opportunity offender.
Look around, not just at the shit that pisses you off.
This story is put together by Kevin Hassell, with much help from the book The Killing of Tupac Shakur by Cathy Scott. The location photographs were taken by me, when I went to Vegas last year with my friend Peter.
Thanks Kevin, for the story, and Peter for letting me drag you around Vegas.
Check out this website about Tupac by his mother, HERE.