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Slaying of rapper Dolla may have roots in Atlanta dispute, sources say

May 19, 2009 |  7:47 pm

Beverly Center shooting

L.A. police are checking reports that the fatal shooting of rapper Dolla at the Beverly Center had its roots in a dispute the rapper had with an events promoter who on Tuesday was arrested on suspicion of murder.

 Law enforcement sources, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because the investigation was on going, said detectives plan to travel to Atlanta, where both the victim and suspect live, seeking clues.

Roderick Anthony Burton II, aka Dolla, was killed in a confrontation Monday afternoon that broke out between two groups in the valet parking area of the Beverly Center.

On Tuesday, the LAPD announced the arrest of 23-year-old Aubrey Louis Berry. Authorities allege that Berry fled the scene of the shooting in a silver Mercedes-Benz SUV and was later arrested in the waiting area of Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 1.

The sources said detectives don’t have a motive for the shooting but said Burton and Berry were involved in an altercation last week at an Atlanta strip club frequented by the hip-hop community. The sources would not say where the fight took place.

But an employee of Platinum 21 Adult Entertainment interviewed by The Times said he recalled that Dolla had been involved in a fight at the club May 13 with a man known at the club as “A.B.” The initials match those of the suspect. During the brawl, which began inside and spilled into the parking lot, participants threatened each other and shouted out gang slogans, according to the employee, who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

--RIchard Fausset, Richard Winton, Andrew Blankstein and Sam Quinones

Earlier coverage:

--Event promoter arrested in Dolla slaying.

--Dolla slaying photo gallery.

Photo: Associated Press