PnB Rock has died at age 30 after being fatally shot during an armed robbery in Los Angeles.
On Monday, September 12, the singer and rapper, whose real name was Rakim Allen, was eating lunch at a Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles in South Los Angeles when he was targeted and attacked for his jewelry and other valuables, reports the Los Angeles Times. According to the L.A. Times, authorities said he was shot almost immediately by the suspect during the robbery. The musician was then taken to the hospital, where he later died. PnB Rock was at the restaurant with his girlfriend. The couple welcomed a baby girl together in 2020.
On Monday, PnB Rock’s girlfriend posted an Instagram story of her meal with the restaurant’s geo-tag. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore told the press that PnB Rock was attacked “soon” after her Story post. “[He] was with his family — with his girlfriend or some kind of friend of his — and as they’re there, enjoying a simple meal, he’s brutally attacked by an individual who apparently [came] to the location after a social media posting,” said Moore. However, it is still unclear whether it was his girlfriend’s specific post that alerted the gunman to their location — authorities are currently investigating.
PnB’s girlfriend has been harshly criticized online in the aftermath of PnB Rock’s death, with a number of social media users — including celebrities Nicki Minaj and Kodak Black — blaming her post for the attack.
“After Pop Smoke there’s no way we as rappers or our loved ones are still posting locations to our whereabouts,” tweeted Minaj shortly after news broke of the rapper’s death. “To show waffles & some fried chicken????! He was such a pleasure to work with. Condolences to his mom & family. This makes me feel so sick. Jesus. #SIP #PnbRock.”
Rapper Cardi B defended PnB’s girlfriend in a post to Twitter on Monday, writing: “I highly doubt n****s was looking at PMB’s [sic] babymom IG. He was in a bad location and people stay outside plotting. It’s very irresponsible and inconsiderate to blame her for something so tragic. We should be sending nothing but love to her and his family at this time.”
Many others came to his girlfriend’s defense on social media, pointing out that anyone in the vicinity of the restaurant could have recognized PnB and posted about the rapper’s location, and that his girlfriend should not become a scapegoat — the blame should instead be shifted towards his assailant. “We all post our location that girl ain’t do nothing out the ordinary,” wrote @boopsiie on Twitter. “What’s out the ordinary is for someone to walk in a restaurant in broad daylight and try to rob and kill you.”