Rapper “Dolla” Murdered at Beverly Center, Police Say

Police announce arrest in connection with case

Atlanta-based rapper Dolla was fatally shot at a Los Angeles shopping mall Monday afternoon, causing mall diners to dive for cover and sparking a police dragnet for suspects.

Los Angeles police said a man was arrested for investigation of murder. Police said in a news release that 23-year-old Aubrey Louis Berry of Georgia was being held on $1 million bail Tuesday after he was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport with a gun on Monday night.

Dolla, whose real name is Roderick Burton II, was shot at the Beverly Center near West Hollywood and Beverly Hills after an argument with the gunman, his publicist Sue Vannasing told the Los Angeles Times. Police and coroner's officials have not confirmed the victim's identity.

Police said the man detained at the airport is believed to have dropped off a rental car before he was found at the airport with a handgun, said airport police spokesman Sgt. Jim Holcomb.

"As the officers approached the suspect, they asked him 'Do you know why we're here?'" Holcomb told The Associated Press. "He put his (hands) up in the air and said, 'Yes, I've got a gun in my waistband. Don't shoot me.'"

Police recovered a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun and turned the 20-year-old man over to Los Angeles police.

Vannasing said the Atlanta-based Burton and another rapper, D.J. Shabbazz, were waiting at the valet stand after shopping when an argument broke out with another group and Burton was shot.

Police Sgt. Ronnie Crump said the other people with the gunman were persons of interest. It was not clear how many people were with the gunman or what the argument was about.

Burton worked on the soundtrack for the 2006 dance film "Step Up" and recently released two singles with Akon: "Like This" and "She So Fine." His MySpace page, which put his age at 20, said he once modeled for Diddy's Sean John clothing line and was signed to Jive and Elektra record labels.

Burton was working on his second album, "A Dolla and a Dream," which was due to be released on Akon's Konvict Muzik label. A song with T-Pain was titled "Who in the (Expletive) Is That?"

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