Where could it be? Nearly two decades ago, the handgun used to shoot Tupac Shakur to his death was found in a backyard in Compton, CA. According to law enforcement in Las Vegas — where the iconic rapper’s tragic murder occurred — the current whereabouts of the weapon are unknown.
In documents, obtained by the producers of A&E’s true crime docuseries Who Killed Tupac?, a .40 caliber Glock was discovered by a Compton resident in 1998. The weapon was reported to local police and Compton PD records show that it was booked as found property in May of that year. In 2000, when the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. took control of the Compton PD, the Glock was was transferred to the LASD along with thousands of other confiscated firearms.
Then, in 2006, Deputy T. Brennan looked through documents and found that the Glock was found at an address that he recognized as the home of a woman who once dated an infamous Crip member in Compton, who apparently did not get along with Tupac. After ballistic testing, it was confirmed that the Glock was indeed the one used in the hip-hop star’s murder.
According to experts interviewed in Who Killed Tupac?, the gun was never transferred to the LVPD and details of the revelation were never spelled out in fear of igniting rented gang violence in the mid-2000s. To this day, no one seems to know what happened to the Glock.
Tupac was shot multiple times on Sept. 7, 1996, in Sin City. He passed away at age 25 a week later on Sept. 13 due to complications from his injuries. With his murder still unsolved, several conspiracies about his tragic passing (and whether or not he is still alive) have surfaced over the years.
One of the most well-known theories is that Biggie Smalls — who later died in March 1997 at age 24 in a drive-by shooting in LA — had something to do with it. When Tupac, a native of California, died, the rivalry between the West Coast and East Coast’s most famous rappers was still intense. Many came to the conclusion that Biggie (aka “The King of New York”) was the mastermind behind his nemesis’ murder. However, no evidence has shown that The Notorious B.I.G. — who died one year after Tupac in a drive-by shooting — was in fact responsible.