A new series called “Unsolved” written by Kyle Long (“Suits”) has been picked up by USA Network and will focus on the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur and the initial police investigation.
Anthony Hemingway will direct. He previously directed and co-produced the Emmy Award-winning series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
According to Pitchfork online, former LAPD Detective and author of Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations Greg Kading will be consulting on the script.
The 1996 murder of Tupac has never been solved – here we take a look at what happened that night…
Who Killed Tupac Shakur?
On September 7th, 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur left a boxing match between Bruce Seldon and Mike Tyson at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, and got in his car with CEO of Death Row Records, Suge Knight. Shortly after they left, one of Knight’s associates said he had spotted Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, an alleged Crips gang member from Compton, California, in the MGM Grand lobby. Shakur’s entourage, as well as Knight’s followers had previously assaulted Anderson during a brawl.
At around 11pm, Shakur and Knight were stopped on Las Vegas Boulevard by bicycle police for playing the car stereo too loudly and not having license plates, they were released without being fined. 15 minutes later, a white Cadillac rolled down a window and fired gunshots at Shakur. He was hit four times, twice in the chest, once in the arm, and once in the thigh. One of the bullets pierced his right lung.
On Friday, September 13th, 1996, Shakur died from internal bleeding at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. Who actually fired the gun and who was in the Cadillac was never discovered.
Many believe that Tupac faked the drive-by in order to make a quiet escape from an increasingly violent and menacing rap industry but these suggestions have been dismissed as nothing more than conspiracy theories.
The new show is due for completion in 2017.