16 Dec 2017 17:26 IST

Tupac’s murder weapon found, then lost

Investigators reportedly didn’t hand it over, as they feared that it might spark gang warfare

The handgun used to shoot dead rapper Tupac Shakur was found by police officials 19 years ago, but it was never handed over to officers investigating his murder.

A .40 calibre Glock was discovered in 1998. Records are said to show that LA County Sheriff’s Department tested the gun in 2006 and it came up as a match for the one used in Tupac’s murder.

It was found in the backyard of a Crips gang member, in Compton, Los Angeles, but was not transferred to police in Las Vegas, where the artiste’s murder is still unsolved. The whereabouts of the weapon is now, however, a mystery, reports thesun.co.uk.

A new documentary, which unearthed paperwork showing the gun find, claims that it disappeared amid prosecutor fears that it might spark gang warfare.

The producers of Who Killed Tupac? say that investigators were concerned about violence breaking out given that the weapon was linked to a Crips member who had ‘beef’ with Tupac.

The rapper was gunned down on September 7, 1996, while driving through Las Vegas. Numerous people, including fellow rapper Notorious BIG, were implicated in his death. But the identity of his killer has remained a mystery for more than 20 years.

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