But recently it was discovered in a document by producers from A&E's docuseries Who Killed Tupac? that the gun used to kill Tupac was actually found in a citizen's backyard on 30 May 1998.
According to TMZ, in 1998 a Glock was discovered by a man in a garden and handed to the police, and records show it was booked in as evidence. In the year 2000, when L.A. County Sheriff's Department took over the Compton law enforcement, all 3,800 confiscated weapons were transferred to the new headquarters - including the Glock. At the time, Brennan was working to uncover the death of Pac's rap nemesis Notorious B.I.G., whose murder was tightly connected to Pac's amid their vicious rap beef, and had been going through documents from Pac's case. It was the home of the girlfriend of a prominent Crips member, known to have been one of Tupac's enemies.
The most practical theory revolving around Tupac's murder is that he was shot by Crips after punching Orlando Anderson in the MGM grand after a Mike Tyson fight.
It was then that he ordered ballistic testing for the Glock and the results were a match for the weapon that was used to shoot Tupac, A&E producers claim. One would think that the weapon being found in the backyard of a Crip would be a smoking gun for the case...but instead the LAPD sat on the information and made it confidential "due to the sensitive nature of the weapon recovery and the potential to alert criminal conspirators outside agency involvement". Because of this, it was recommended that the gun should not be turned over to LVPD.
A&E says it contacted LVPD, and some officers said the gun definitely never got to them, while others said they were unsure.
Tupac was shot multiple times on September 7, 1996, in Sin City. They were stationary at a red traffic light when a "bow-tied" assassin opened fire at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas.
He died on the afternoon of 13 September 1996 from internal bleeding.
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