A man wanted for questioning in the drive-by slaying of rapper Tupac Shakur was arrested in a roundup of 22 gang members before dawn Wednesday, police said.
Orlando Anderson, arrested in suburban Lakewood, was to be questioned by police in Las Vegas, where the gangland-style shooting took place Sept. 7.
The sweep was aimed at gang members implicated in as many as a dozen shootings in the Compton area in which three people were killed, possibly in retaliation for Shakur’s slaying.
Police Chief Hourie Taylor released few details about Anderson, saying only that he was in his early 20s and believed to be a gang member. No immediate charges were filed in connection with Shakur’s slaying.
“He was arrested exclusively for a homicide that happened in the city of Compton,” Taylor said, declining to give further details.
Shakur, one of rap’s most successful and notorious singers, died a week after he was shot following a Mike Tyson boxing match. Marion “Suge” Knight, the head of Shakur’s Death Row Records, was driving when another car pulled up and sprayed their car with gunfire.