Athough it has been 13 years since his death, an new investigation has been launched in the murder of Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls/Notorious B.I.G.).
The unsolved case was "reinvigorated" months ago due to information about that night. In 1997, Biggie was shot and killed while riding in a Suburban after leaving a music industry party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in El Lay.
A lone gunman, who was described as an African-American man wearing a suit and bow tie, in a Chevy Impala opened fire on Biggie, who was in the passenger seat.
The main theory is the war between West Coast and East Coast hip hop artists - Bad Boy Entertainment in New York, which represented Biggie, and Death Row Records, headed by Marion "Suge" Knight, who represented Tupac.
Retired LAPD detective Russell Poole, who worked on the case, believed that Knight was behind the murder.
"Suge Knight ordered the hit," Poole said, adding that he retired early from the LAPD, in part, because he was sidetracked from following leads in the Wallace case involving police officers, some worked off-duty for Death Row Records.
"I think I was getting too close to the truth," he added. "I think they feared that the truth would be a scandal."
He believed that one of the officers involved is David Mack, a policeman tied to the LAPD Rampart Scandal, who was sent to prison for robbing a bank in 1997, the same year Biggie was killed.
Poole said Mack owned the same type of car driven by the gunman who shot Biggie.
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