On Wednesday (July 19), the filmmaker joined ABC News‘ Linsey Davis to discuss the multi-decade conundrum surrounding ‘Pac’s death and the renewed efforts in its investigation. Whereas a culprit has yet to be officially charged, Hughes said that there were never any doubts as to who was responsible for the crime.
“In the community, as we know, and in the streets, there was never a mystery to who killed 2Pac,” he said. “It was always about Las Vegas law enforcement closing the case on this.”
The Dear Mama director clarified: “What happened that night at the MGM Grand Casino and that violent incident that 2Pac and gang had with that individual — again, that guy, everyone knows, came back and shot 2Pac.”
The 1996 killing is once again being investigated, with Las Vegas police recently seizing several items that may lead to charges being filed. on Monday night (July 17), the authorities executed a search warrant on a home in Henderson, Nevada as part of the long-dormant homicide investigation into the rap icon’s death.
It was later revealed that the home belonged to a woman named Paula Clemons, who is married to Duane “Keefe D” Davis, the uncle of ‘Pac’s alleged killer, Orlando Anderson.
According to ABC News, police recovered various items during their search of the property, including computers, hard drives and magazine articles.
They also retrieved pictures from the 1990s of individuals who might have been connected to people directly or indirectly involved in the shooting, as well as copies of Davis’ 2019 book Compton Street Legend, in which he discusses 2Pac’s murder.
Footage of the search shows Las Vegas Metro PD SWAT using a bullhorn while ordering a woman and a man to come out with their hands up (via TMZ).
While police are viewing the search as a “success,” detectives doubt any of the belongings could present a direct link between the target of the investigation and the drive-by shooting that killed 2Pac in Las Vegas in September 1996.
The evidence is now being presented to a Las Vegas grand jury, although a police official said it could take months for them to decide whether to indict anyone.
Investigators have long believed that the gunman is likely already dead (Anderson was killed during an unrelated gang shooting in 1998), but they’re hoping they can at least determine who was in the car when the fatal shots were fired. That could lead to someone being charged as an accomplice.
2Pac (real name Tupac Shakur) was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas near the intersection of East Flamingo Road and Koval Lane on September 7, 1996, dying from his injuries six days later.