The FBI in heavily redacted documents said the 9mm Gecko bullets are only sold through two distributors in the U.S. — one in New Jersey, the other in California. But otherwise the records, which include internal LAPD and FBI memos, witness statements and stakeout notes offer no names or details as to the killer or killers.
New York-born Christopher Wallace, aka, “Notorious B.I.G.,” was shot dead on outside the Petersen Automotive Museum in the Miracle Mile area on March 9, 1997, as he was leaving a music industry party that was apparently also attended by LAPD officers. He died minutes later at a local hospital.
His death was long attributed to an “East Coast-West Coast” rap feud, possibly in retaliation for the murder six months earlier of Tupac Shakur. He was found with three condoms, ganja and an asthma inhaler on his person.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, a rogue L.A. cop named David Mack was reputed to have been a bodyguard for Marion “Suge” Knight, the founder of Death Row records to which Shakur was signed. Mack also had the same car from which the bullets that killed Wallace were fired – a black Chevrolet Impala SS. Both Mack and Knight have denied any involvement in the Wallace killing. The FBI ended its investigation in 2005 after failing to find enough evidence to charge anyone.
A spokeswoman for the FBI said the documents were released in response to multiple Freedom of Information Act requests, and there was nothing significant to the timing of the disclosure.
Wallace was born and raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City to Voletta Wallace, a Jamaican preschool teacher, and George Latore, a welder and small-time Jamaican politician.
When Wallace released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene and increased New York’s visibility at a time when West Coast artists were more common in the mainstream.
The following year, Wallace led his childhood friends to chart success through his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A.. While recording his second album, Wallace was heavily involved in the East Coast/West Coast hip-hop feud, dominating the scene at the time of his death.