How is it that it’s been 15 years since the late rapper Christopher Wallace (aka Notorious BIG, Biggie Smalls) was killed and this information is just being released now about the shooting? For those that aren’t aware or never heard of Biggie, he was one of the best and most iconic rappers of the 90s, along side rapper Tupac Shakur.
Tupac was gunned down back in late 1996. During that time, there was a huge rival between rappers Tupac and Biggie (East Coast vs. West Coast). I am heavily summarizing here, because it’s such a complicated issue, but due to Tupac’s death, it has been long suspected that Biggie was also gunned down, six months later in March 1997 in retaliation for Tupac’s shooting.
Now, on the 15 year anniversay of Biggie’s death, Complex has an exclusive interview with the main detective assigned to the murder case of Biggie who worked it for three years, who revealed not only who the shooter is, but a lot more details.
According to the former LA PD detective, Wardell Fouse is the shooter of Biggie. Also he says that LA PD knows it, the States Attorney knows it, many know, but due to very complicated details of the case, no one will be prosecuted and the case will forever be “unsolved.”
Below is video of the actual murder of Biggie, which took place outside of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. In the video, you can watch the Vibe after-party where Biggie attended with Puffy and you can clearly see the before and after of the shooting, but footage of the actual shooting is shaky and sketchy at best, leaving much to the imagination and to the eye-witnesses.
From the interview with the former detective, he states that Biggie was murdered for the sum of $13,000 and the job was contracted out by none other than Suge Knight. Knight was long suspected of being part of the murder plot, but none of the reasons were published until today.
[Regarding Tupac’s death] Suge Knight was absolutely enraged. Not only had he [Knight] been shot at, but his friend [Tupac Shakur] was killed next to him in the car. Suge always knew who was responsible. He looked directly into the eyes of Keefe D, who was in the shooter’s car. Keefe D was a member of the Southside Crips and a well known person to Suge. That explains why the next day this huge war broke out in Compton between Suge Knight’s gang entourage and Keefe D’s gang entourage.
Suge Knight ended up going to jail on a probation violation, stemming from the beating of Orlando Anderson [Ed. Note—Anderson is Keefe D’s nephew, also a Southside Crip who allegedly shot Tupac.] in the MGM Grand hotel. While Suge was in jail, he conspired with his girlfriend. Suge gave her the directive to get Poochie.
Poochie lay in wait outside the Petersen Automotive Museum. As soon as he became aware of where Biggie was sitting in his car, he drove up, and he shot him.
Wardell ‘Poochie’ Fouse was paid to kill Biggie. At the time, he was a 36-year old member of the Mob Piru Bloods. According to several Death Row insiders and FBI informants, Poochie was a down-for-the-cause, hardcore gang member. Confidential sources from the Death Row entourage, the Mob Pirus, and [Suge’s girlfriend, identified in Kading’s book by the alias “Theresa Swann”], said Poochie had done shootings for Suge in the past. Reggie Wright Jr.—who was the head of Death Row security—said Suge and Poochie’s relationship was different than other members of the gang. They had a very secretive and exclusive relationship.
[Suge’s girlfriend] and Poochie agreed to terms. He received two payments, one for $9000 and one for $4000. Poochie lay in wait outside the Petersen Automotive Museum. As soon as he became aware of where Biggie was sitting in his car, he drove up and he shot him.”
So now, many years later, we have this new found information. But still, I don’t know why? Why would Suge order the killing of Biggie, since there is no tie between Biggie and the Crips (Keefe D and Orlando Anderson). I guess we will never know “why”, but at least now we know who.