2 suspects in custody, 3rd sought in fatal shooting of rapper PnB Rock

A woman and a boy were in custody on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and a 40-year-old man was being sought in connection with the killing of rapper PnB Rock during a robbery at a Los Angeles restaurant earlier this month, authorities said.

Shauntel Trone, 32, and a boy “under the age of 18” were arrested Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Trone was arrested in Gardena and was booked on suspicion of being an accessory to murder. The boy was arrested in Lawndale and booked on suspicion of murder, police said. His name was not released because of his age.

The arrests were made by the LAPD and the FBI.

On Wednesday morning, police said they were seeking a suspect named Freddie Lee Trone in connection with the killing. The relationship between the man and Shauntel Trone was not immediately specified.

The 30-year-old rapper, born Rakim Allen, was shot about 1:25 p.m. Sept. 12 at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles at 106 W. Manchester Ave., where he was eating lunch with his girlfriend.

Police said a male suspect walked up to the couple, drew a handgun, demanded PnB Rock’s jewelry, and shot him. The rapper died at a hospital.

“Freddie Lee Trone has been identified as being a person involved in the murder of Rakim Allen,” police said in a statement on Wednesday. “He should be considered armed and dangerous.”

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Witnesses said a suspect and the rapper argued during the heist, culminating in the shooting, which was captured on the restaurant’s video surveillance system.

The shooting and its apparent link with an Instagram post was reminiscent of the 2020 killing of rapper Pop Smoke in the Hollywood Hills. In that case, the rapper had made a series of social-media posts revealing his location and valuables he had in his possession.

On Twitter, singer Nicki Minaj lamented PnB Rock’s killing, writing, “After Pop Smoke there’s no way we as rappers or our loved ones are still posting locations to our whereabouts. To show waffles & some fried chicken????! He was such a pleasure to work with. Condolences to his mom & family. This makes me feel so sick.”

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