May 19th, 2009
12:43 PM ET

Suspect arrested in shooting of rapper Dolla

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/05/19/california.rapper.killed/art.rapper.dolla.gi.jpg caption="Rap artist Dolla arrives at the Soul Train Music Awards in Pasadena, California, on March 10, 2007."]


A Georgia man suspected of shooting to death a 21-year-old up-and-coming rapper at a ritzy Los Angeles shopping center Monday afternoon is being held on $1 million bail, Los Angeles Police said.

Dolla, whose real name is Roderick Anthony Burton II, was shot in the head about 3:10 p.m. at the Beverly Center, his publicist said.

Police later arrested Aubrey Louis Berry, 23, at Los Angeles International Airport, a Los Angeles Police statement said.

No other details were given about Berry, who was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Dolla, who was based in Atlanta, Georgia, was in Los Angeles recording his debut album.

He caught the attention of multiplatinium R&B singer Akon when the then-12-year-old Dolla was performing with friends at showcases around Atlanta.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Not only should shooting rappers be legal; it should be mandatory.

    May 19, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  2. Mike in NYC

    Yet another worthless "up-and-coming" rapper soon to be worthless rapper sheds his mortal coil. Line must be around the block at the Pearly Gates.

    May 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  3. christellyn

    this is so sad..he was really talented and he will be missed!

    May 19, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  4. GF, Los Angeles

    And this is making big news why? There are many other shootings that get passed over but because he's a rapper his life is worth more coverage? Puhlease!

    May 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm |