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Alleged Dolla shooter identified

Police today identified the man who allegedly shot and killed Atlanta rapper Dolla at the Beverly Center as Aubrey Louis Berry, 23, of Georgia.

Berry was arrested on suspicion of murder Monday afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport as he attempted to board a plane, said officials with the Los Angeles Police Department. He is accused of killing up-and-coming rap artist Roderick Anthony Burton II, 21, known as Dolla, who died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Berry was being held on $1-million bail. He was identified as one of two suspects who allegedly fled from the mall in a silver Mercedes-Benz SUV after the 3 p.m. shooting at the La Cienega Boulevard entrance of the Westside shopping center.

Photos Burton was shot in the head as he and another rapper, D.J. Shabbazz, waited in the valet parking area, according to his publicist, Sue Vannasing. She said Burton had been involved in an altercation with other passengers on a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, but it was unclear if that was related to the shooting.

LAPD officers were called to the mall on a report of a group fight, possibly involving a knife. Authorities said two suspects were seen fleeing before officers arrived.

-- Ruben Vives

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Another senseless death behind the pettiness that surrounds rapping and the "thug-life." When will our young people turn away from the foolishness that is the gang life, drug dealing or any other incarnation of violent living?

The Ring of Knowledge

"Another senseless death behind the pettiness that surrounds rapping and the "thug-life." When will our young people turn away from the foolishness that is the gang life, drug dealing or any other incarnation of violent living?" This as opposed to a father walking in and shooting his wife and killing his two small children, or a mother & her boyfriend killing a small child and trying to bury said child? I'm sorry to disagree with you, but violence and stupidity has no age limitations. Its not just the youth out there busting a "cap", its a lot of people in our country today (regardless of their age or if they are a gang-banger) that are doing the stupidity of murder, killing, death.

R.I.P. Roderick Anthony Burton II

One minute the murderer is driving a Mercedes suv, the next he's behind bars forever. Idiot.

May God have mercy on his soul. My prayers go out to the family of Roderick.

any care that the guy was about to board a plane with a 9mm? uh, any word on how and why he got a gun into terminal one?

Another senseless killing. Over what? Over words!! Over words!! When will you Black men realize that words are just words and they inflict no actual harm. When we young Black men realize that you should be happy that another young Black man has made a change in his life for the good. When will they realize that petty jealousies are preventing them from achieveing all that they can get. You are not a man because you have a gun and can kill someone. You are man when you have done the things that being a man entails. Education= advancement, not the law of the gun. Black men, WE are doing a job of killing ourselves better than any known to man.

I'm not surprised something liked this happend. The crowd at the Beverly Center has gotten more and more ghetto over the years.

At the Beverly Center Valet? Seriously? What the hell, it's like the mafia in the 1930s.
I don't really care when rappers and gang members kill each other, but innocent people are ultimately hurt too. That is what is sad.

He not a killer.
aubrey louis berry happened-arrest.The video from the scene:
He not a killer

Its sad to see an up coming artist to be killed in such violence.Thatd why we should all get togetger and stop this madness because we all are going to be the victims... My prayers go out to his family, RIP DOLLA

i hope the family is ok

He not a killer.
aubrey louis berry happened-arrest.The sensation video from the scene:
He not a killer

If there's one good thing to be seen surrounding this sadly all-too-familiar killing, it's that the murder suspect was caught immediately.
I can't help but think of how the killers in the Tupac, Biggie and Jam-Master Jay cases weren't caught. It's yet another killing of a rap artist, but at least it's not 10 years down the road with no suspects being brought to trial.

What is even more sad than this is that our beloved Beverly Center is being invaded by people who live nowhere near the area! I don't like to go there anymore, because I feel as if I went to the Ghetto!

the guy was arrested in the tikecting lobby, not bording the airplane! ...........About an hour after the shooting, the LAPD issued a bulletin for a 20-year-old man considered a "person of interest" in the shooting. Los Angeles Airport Police officers spotted a man fitting the description in the ticketing lobby of Terminal 1.

The death of "Dolla" is insignificant compared to the number of lives wasted in parody of the sick culture that "Dolla" and others like him peddle for profit.

"any care that the guy was about to board a plane with a 9mm? uh, any word on how and why he got a gun into terminal one?"
- Posted by: steve | May 19, 2009 at 10:48 AM
Where did you get the idea that he had the gun with him when he was trying to board the plane? Or that he even got it through security and into the terminal? The article doesn't say that. Maybe your just trying to start controversy that's not there.

Either D.J. Shabbazz is either a very unusual name for a rapper or writer Ruben Vives is unfamiliar with the lexicon of, well, the world.

Ghetto? Black on Black crime? I can't understand how this becomes a racial problem. It's a human problem. People kill each other in every part of the world. Just because it's the "Beverly" Center doesn't make it immune. People of all color commit the sin of murder. Period. Just because your white, asian or Siberian the act of murder doesn't exclude you. Don't hold people of color to a standard higher than your own.
We know the problem, can we work on a solution? For all people.

I can't wait to see his epitaph:

"Here lies Dolla"

Way too many wannabes in the first place.


Funny how many people on this post has tributed this person as some how being ghetto and the mall as now a ghetto place. I'm not from LA, but everytime I turn on my TV, violence isn't just in the ghetto. Husbands killing wives and kids, shooting in schools, CEO's ripping off people via ponzy schemes, people killing their children and random acts of violence. It's not just in rapper/Ghetto/Gang related environments. Violence is everywhere. In many TV shows, video games, movies and in music. So before we signle out any one group, do your research first. Either you're anti-violent or just making ignorant comments. It's not about race, age or class anymore. It's about people in general..

Dolla for dolla. His death is holla'. We just get another fella to rap and make a million dollas. peace Out!

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