Georgia man held over murder of rising rap artist Dolla

By Calvin Palmer

A Georgia man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Atlanta rapper Dolla who was gunned down yesterday at the Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles.

Aubrey Louis Berry, 23, of Snellville, was arrested as he attempted to board a plane yesterday at Los Angeles International Airport, said  Los Angeles Police Department.

He is believed to have dropped off a rental car before airport police found him with a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun and turned him over to Los Angeles police for questioning. He is being held on $1 million bail on unspecified felony charges.

Berry is accused of killing rap artist Roderick Anthony Burton II, 21, known as Dolla, who died yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Burton was shot in the head as he and another rapper, D.J. Shabbazz, waited in the valet parking area, according to his publicist, Sue Vannasing.

She said Burton had been involved in an altercation with other passengers on a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, but it was unclear if that was related to the shooting.

LAPD officers were called to the mall on a report of a group fight, possibly involving a knife. Authorities said two suspects were seen fleeing before officers arrived.

Dolla had arrived in Los Angeles to record his first album, Another Day, Another Dolla.

 “He had a very promising career,” Vannasing said.

[Based on reports by the Los Angeles Times and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.]

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