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Man fatally shot at entrance to Beverly Center [Updated]


[Updated at 6:30 p.m. The man shot at the Beverly Center mall this afternoon was identified as Atlanta-based Dolla, whose real name is Roderick Anthony Burton II, according to his publicist, Sue Vannasing. She said Dolla was shot in the head around 3:10 p.m. while he and another rapper, D.J. Shabbazz, waited in the area after shopping at the popular Westside mall. A friend who was with the rapper at Beverly Center also confirmed his identity to The Times.

About two hours later, Los Angeles police detained a “person of interest” as he attempted to board a plane out of Los Angeles International Airport. The man allegedly drove his silver Mercedes SUV from Beverly Center to the airport. Vannasing said Dolla had gotten into an altercation with other passengers on a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, but it's unclear if that was related to the violence.]

[Updated at 5:15 p.m.: Police have arrested one "person of interest" in connection with the shooting but were looking for a second suspect.]

[Updated at 5:40 p.m.: The arrested suspect, who fled from the mall in a silver Mercedes, was detained at Los Angeles International Airport while trying to board a flight. Police said the shooting took place in the valet waiting area of the mall].

The shooting occurred just after 3 p.m. at the La Cienega Boulevard entrance to the popular Westside shopping center. All entrances and exits to the Me2_kjv724ncpopular Westside shopping mall were sealed off as police swarmed the scene.

LAPD officials said that officers were sent to the mall on a report of a group fight, possibly involving a knife. LAPD Sgt. Ronnie Crump said two suspects ran in the direction of Beverly Hills.

At a Chipotle restaurant in the mall, several people were eating when the shots rang out.

“The customers were yelling 'close the store, close the store, because somebody is shooting,' ” said Elsa Hernandez, general manager of the restaurant.

 An employee who was behind the restaurant, near the mall’s valet parking service, saw the tail end of the dispute, Hernandez said. “He saw a lady ... shooting a handgun,” Hernandez said.

Me_kjv70vncThe center is normally quite peaceful, said Hernandez, who’s worked at the restaurant for six years. “This is the first time this has happened here,” she said.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Sam Quinones

Photos: Shoppers leave the parking structure at the Beverly Center (top photo) as LAPD personnel investigate the scene of the Monday afternoon shooting. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times

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Are you people sure it's not a movie?

Normally safe unless your the lady who got killed last year by contract killer in broad daylight. Right in parking garage.

That mall is a magnet for gangsters and thugs. Lots of Louie Vitton and Nike stuff...

Oh No! Crazy chick with a gun!

RIP Dolla, you'll always be my lil brother man...

I just heard this is Akon's artist from Konvict Music DOLLA! Dolla is dead???? This is what I am telling you Cam'Ron. Crime does NOT pay.........wwwnocrimepaysdotcom

What can I say? Is this the latest in hip-hop violence? We can't sleep on this!

This is the person that was killed here today. i just got word. this is his myspace page..http://www.myspace.com/dolla

toss all these IDIOT rappers in Jail for the rest of their lives, what a bunch of PUNKS.

Ala Tupac style.

just heard the news about the harvard shooting and now this. Very disturbing and sad..but at least they have a suspect in custody although they are still looking for the other one.


Who would of thought that a rapper would be in some type of violent dispute. I'm totally shocked!!

hmph! well, you know, there's a recession on. i guess a dolla doesn't go as far as it used to.

Great, here we go again. What is it with rap and shootings? Funny, I don't recall Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead never getting into any gun battles. Or Adam Ant gunning down anyone from Flock of Seagulls. And I can't say I remember Poison and Ozzy blowing each other away, though I'm sure there was tension...

Good point, Paul. What is it with these guys? Temptations never shot anybody, ditto Earth Wind And Fire and all of those guys. Marvin Gaye wasn't so fortunate. Maybe his father was gravitating towards rap... Anyway, it's ridiculous that there is so much of this in this particular genre of music.

u will always live n our hearts

omg this is so sad i feel sad love goes out to the family and friends of Dolla he was so young only 21 what a shame im glad that the suspect is caught R.I.H. Dolla


He can't hear you, just FYI

We gotta stop this crime!

Man it can't be try I got him on the remix to my song me and him just was talking about how we lightskin and we are targets in the rap industry.

Man the song on my page

Another rapper, shot down in the street. Such a tragedy. Society has lost yet another piece of detritus. Oh the humanity. If only it occured at an accelerated rate.

Woke up this morning, read my homie’s status update on Myspace talking about how he’s almost finished w/ the mixtape. Go to his Myspace(Ain’t been in idk how long), then leave. Come back home from work and fell out, I wake up to my phone blowing up. I can’t believe this. R.I.P. to my homie Dolla…..”Dolla & A Dream” will hopefully still be released.

I thought it was illegal to carry a gun in L.A.?? I thought it was illegal to have a gun in the mall?? Didn't the shooter know this was illegal? Did they post signs outside? This could have been prevented if the shooter would have known it was illegal to carry the gun in the first place. Ooops, he did know. Goes to show: Only law abiding citizens follow laws. The gun laws in L.A. are useless. Obviously.

This is LA people. Ish like this can happen anywhere anytime. Rappers, politicans, movie stars, joe citizen, students are not immune to this nonsense. Last year, a lady got murdered in the Century City parking lot by her husband and Century City is supposed to be this rich, upper class area. Well, no community is immune to this stupidity. Welcome to LA where anything and everything goes.

i am shocked by this. its all guns and shoot outs with tons of innocent people around. think people, prior to acting.

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